At the reception (Photo: SGGP)

He made the statement during his reception for outgoing French Ambassador to Ho Chi Minh city Bertrand Lortholary on July 18th.

According to Mr. Nhan, Ho Chi Minh city has set up special relationship with Lyon city, France. “In 2018, the two sides signed a deal on lighting for the Vietnamese city’s construction,” said Mr. Nhan, pledging to give the best support for French educational and healthcare projects in the city by expanding the French international school, and cooperating in training high quality healthcare human resources.

He also confirmed to support the building of the France House in the city for promotingn cultural exchanges.

Asserting that bilateral relationship has been deepened over the past years, Ambassador Bertrand Lortholary said that diverse French businesses had come to Ho Chi Minh city for studying investment and cooperation potentials in infrastructure, economics and trade, healthcare and education.

“So far, there has been a large French community of 12,000 people in Ho Chi Minh city, which is evidence of the France - Vietnam relationship,” he said

Meanwhile, the number of visas France granted for Vietnamese citizens in 2018 increased by 65%, including many visas relating to businesses./.

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