The Big Interview

‘Ireland is now a heavyweight in Europe’ – Vincent Guérend, French ambassador

France and Ireland have grown closer since Brexit and, with a new electricity connector in the pipeline, that bond is likely to be strengthened, the ambassador tells the Business Post

Vincent Guérend, French ambassador to Ireland: ‘We felt there should have been a fair and ethical level of corporate taxation for all.’ Picture: Fergal Phillips

High above Merrion Square, the luxurious surroundings of Vincent Guérend’s office in the French embassy are somewhat removed from the rougher edges of Dublin city.

With the controversy about the horrific attack on US tourist Stephen Termini and concern about safety in Ireland’s capital over recent weeks, does the French ambassador consider Dublin safe?

“Coming from France, Ireland looks very safe and Dublin looks like a very safe city,” Guérend says.

“At the same time, ...