PARIS, March 30 (Reuters) - Top French financiers will
travel to the United States in May to try to attract U.S
business to Paris following Britain's decision to quit the
Paris Europlace - an organisation representing French
business and finance - said in its March newsletter published on
Thursday that it would hold roadshows in Boston and New York on
May 22 and 23 aimed at persuading U.S. finance companies to
choose Paris as their European base.
The organisation said it had already held about 100 meetings
with executives of large international banks as well as asset
management, investment, insurance and fintech companies in
London, New York, Shanghai and Tokyo and these had shown a
"clear interest" in Paris.
Both France and Germany have stepped up efforts to try to
replace London's traditional role as Europe's main centre of
business, following Britain's vote for Brexit.
Prime Minister Theresa May formally began Britain's divorce
from the EU on Wednesday, declaring there was no turning back
and opening a tortuous exit process that will test the bloc's
cohesion and pitch her country into the unknown.
French officials have already held events in London this
year to try to lure financial jobs over to Paris, in the wake of
the Brexit vote.
HSBC, Europe's biggest bank, has said it could move
a part of its operations to Paris, while the French capital's
standing in the technology sector was also boosted by Facebook's
decision this year to open its first ever start-up
incubator in the city.
Paris' status as a major world city and capital of fashion
and culture work in its favour, although analysts say France's
strict labour laws could put off employers.
(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Adrian Croft)