January 9, 2018 / 2:57 PM / 10 months ago

France's Sodexo seals Huawei deal during Macron's trip to China

FILE PHOTO: The logo of French food services and facilities management group Sodexo is seen at the company headquarters in Issy-les-Moulineaux near Paris, France, March 18, 2016. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - French services and catering group Sodexo (EXHO.PA) has signed a global partnership deal with Huawei (002502.SZ), in the latest major Chinese contract for a French blue-chip company struck during President Emmanuel Macron’s trip to China.

The companies said in a joint statement that Sodexo Chairwoman Sophie Bellon and Huawei Chairwoman Sun Yafang had signed a 5-year agreement, under which Sodexo becomes a preferred partner to provide integrated facilities management services to Huawei worldwide.

They added that Huawei has $400 million worth of upcoming integrated facilities management services projects.

The agreement was signed in the presence of French finance minister Bruno Le Maire and Chinese trade minister Zhong Shan.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Dominique Vidalon

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