France to restore full ties with Zim

MUTARE - France is optimistic about resuming direct co-operation with Zimbabwe by year end, a top envoy has said.

French Ambassador, Laurent Delahousse was speaking at the handover of a state-of-the-art automated weather station at Mutare’ Fire Brigade yesterday.

Delahousse praised what he said were “positive signals” from President Robert Mugabe’s government since it came to power last year.

“When French companies invest in a country, and they want to invest in Zimbabwe, it is not for a quick fix,” he said. “It is not for a quick buck. They are here to invest for the future. They are here to stay. They are here to create jobs.

“They want to come back to Zimbabwe and they want to come back in a safe, sustainable environment, that is precisely what the government of Zimbabwe is doing at the moment. This is the message we are receiving. The French authorities have received these signals since the last election, since the inception of the government, very positively. We want to comeback. We want to help. We want to invest for the duration, for the future,” he said to applause.

The ambassador, who has been in the country since July last year, hopes that his country will be formally fully engaging with the Mugabe regime by year end.

“We want to resume direct cooperation with the government of Zimbabwe at the end of this year provided all goes well,” Delahousse said.

The French ambassador expressed optimism at the current thaw of diplomatic relations between France and Zimbabwe as well as with the European Union.

“I think we are building something together, the government of Zimbabwe and the government of France,” he said. “We are re-uniting our forces. France has been in Zimbabwe since independence, we have been very supportive. There have been some difficult years but France has stayed in Zimbabwe.

“The message I want to convey is a message of optimism. It’s an extended handshake of friendship and cooperation. We are here to stay.

“We are in a positive frame at the moment. You know that for instance the relationship between the government of Zimbabwe and the European Union is also improving. That is a welcome move,” he added.


Comments (4)

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water - 3 July 2014

This man must be confusing Zimbabwe with some other country. Is he sure French companies are prepared to cede 51% of their shares?

Johno - 4 July 2014

laughable....France cant even do good in countries with little controversy in Africa that it used to colonise. Most of them are suffering and why are they not even investing there?

Pongo - 4 July 2014

check out countries like Senegal, Mali, Madagascar, Cameroun....check out their infrustructure and ask yourself what the french have been doing when they colonised those countries? Now they want to invest in about doing a little good in your former colonies which are suffering from lack of investment?

Pongo - 4 July 2014

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