Scotland has announced plans to develop its renewable business energy industry by forging links with France.
Scottish first minister Alex Salmond will meet with executives from major French energy suppliers in Paris today (February 8th) in order to attract investment.
Mr Salmond will take part in round-table talks with some of France's biggest energy providers working in the marine and subsea sectors, as well as in carbon capture and offshore wind.
He explained that France is worth an estimated £1.5 billion to Scotland's economy as it continues to invest in Scotland's energy sector.
"This is a very important opportunity for the Scottish government, working with Scottish Development International, to further strengthen our relationships with leading French companies in some of the most valuable sectors of our economy," Mr Salmond said.
Energy supplier GDF Suez announced last summer that it plans to set up a UK-based exploration and production centre in Aberdeen which will bring an estimated 80 jobs to the region over the course of 12 months.
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