1. Valerie Pecresse, head of the wider Paris region, arriving for news conference
2. Various of journalists at news conference
3. Pecresse (centre) sitting on panel
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Valerie Pecresse, President of the wider Paris region:
"We are the only global economic city in continental Europe, and the only city that can compare to Paris is London as far as the globality of the place is concerned. In the end, and that is what I would say, there is quality of life, quality of life. If you want to live somewhere you look at the quality of the cultural life, of cooking, healthcare, childrens' care. And in this aspect I think Paris can rate first in continental Europe. And I would not dare to ask you a tricky question: when was the last time you took your partner off for a weekend in Frankfurt?"
5. Cutaway of journalists at news conference
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Gerard Mestrallet, Chairman of France's finance industry lobby Europlace:
"Of course, there are some concerns about the labour flexibility. Some progress also has been made, the negotiations are more on the level of the corporate than on the national level, that progress. But we need more. And also in terms of social charges, of course, more progress has to be made. But after the presidential elections, most of those points we will try and find (solutions)."
7. French business delegation mingling with UK counterparts
8. Paris deputy mayor Jean Louis Missika in conversation
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Jean Louis Missika, Paris deputy mayor:
"Brexit is an opportunity for Paris, it's all an opportunity for many other cities in Europe. It's a once in a century opportunity. And obviously we have to seize this opportunity. We have started to change our regulations. We are here to show what Paris has to offer, we are also here to listen. Our partners can tell us what they expect of Paris, what can we do to improve their welcome. I'm thinking about schools, English-speaking education, healthcare, benefits, you have to take into account that moving a business from one city to another is not easy."
A team of French government officials were in London on Monday to meet with city heads to make the case for Paris as an alternative to London and Frankfurt as Europe's key business hub in a post-Brexit Europe.
Paris deputy mayor Jean louis Missika accompanied Valerie Pecresse, president of the wider Paris region and Gerard Mestrallet, chairman of France's finance industry lobby Europlace, met with over 80 companies, investment banks, equity firms and FinTech (Financial Technology industry) companies.
As well as claiming that Paris was the only other city in Europe to match London's infrastructure when it came to serving banks and Fintech, the officials were keen to emphasise high standards of life in Paris as a strong and unique selling point.