ArcelorMittal welcome to invest in my city, says London Mayor
Visiting London Mayor Boris Johnson on Thursday said that under fire steel giant ArcelorMittal is welcome to invest in the British capital should his plants in north eastern France be shutdown by the government in Paris.
"I saw what the French Government had to say about ArcelorMittal, and my only thought is this, in tough economic times, everybody in the world has a choice, you can either close your markets, become more nationalistic, become more narrow in your outlook or you can be more open and you can allow in wealth creators, who will drive growth for everybody and who basically expand the economy. My message to Indian investors, who are coming to London is, it's a great place to live in, invest in; it's the worlds financial capital, business capital. We are talking about the Bollywood movies, we make more Bollywood movies in London, than any other city outside India. So, we welcome Mr. Mittal, we welcome talents from India to London," said Johnson in Mumbai.
Indian-born businessman Lakshmi Mittal, who controls ArcelorMittal and ranks 21st Forbes list of the world's richest people, employs some 20,000 people in France.
Johnson, 48, a flamboyant and outspoken character met Bollywood producer, Sajid Nadiadwala and director Vikram Bhatt in India's entertainment hub, in a bid to attract more film shoots in the city.
"Large numbers of Bollywood films are made in London, they are filmed in London and it's a great thing for our city but we are also very keen to make life easy for Indian film producers to come to London, so we are offering special tax breaks and lots of help in clearing the roads and making things simple," Johnson said.
Sajid Nadiadwala also announced that his two ensuing projects, 'Kick' and 'Housefull 3' would be shot in London.
London has been featured regularly in Bollywood films. Many prominent production houses have used the city as the backdrop for their stories.
The last directorial venture of late Bollywood mogul, Yash Chopra was shot extensively in London.