Thu. May 26th, 2022

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs on June 25 appointed Philippe
Varin, former CEO of France’s PSA Peugeot Citroen automobile
manufacturer, as special envoy in charge of the country’s economic ties
with ASEAN.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN),
which has a combined population of almost 600 million, is France’s
second largest trading partner in Asia after China. Therefore, French
Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius considered developing ties with the
ASEAN member nations as his country’s priority strategy.

According to the Ministry, Philippe Varin is very knowledgeable about
Asia, especially ASEAN. In the new position, he is hoped to make
effective contributions to the country’s activities to draw ASEAN
enterprises to France.-VNA

By vivian