French President Emmanuel Macron has said relations between France and Nigeria can be further intensified beyond present the economic and cultural exchanges.
President Macron stated this in a congratulatory letter to President Muhammed Buhari on Nigeria’s 61st Independence Day.
It will be recalled that the French President visited Lagos, Nigeria in July 2018, where he expressed his personal interest in strengthening bi-lateral relations with Nigeria.
Reinstating that interest, Macron noted that economic exchanges between Nigeria and France s flourishing particularly since Nigeria’s participation in the Summit on Financing African Economies, and the recent creation of Franco Africa Business Council, which met in Versailles, France last year.
He said exchanges between both countries can be fostered even more via engineering relations between creatives and civil societies of both countries.
“The number of Nigerian students in France has been increasing at a sustained rate in the past three years, and I am delighted that they can contribute to the growth of Nigeria and the development of ties between our two countries.
“The participation in a few days of young Nigerian artistes, entrepreneurs and creators at the New African France Summit in Montpellier, will make it possible to intensify exchanges between French and Nigerian civil societies.
“We can do even more together,” continues Macron, “because France and Nigeria share many common interests, both on regional, security and global issues. I hope our countries will intensify exchanges on all these subjects,” ended.