French Prime Minister Manuel Valls insisted he was “pro-business” on a trip to London on Monday where he defended his Socialist government against a string of criticism of its economic and business reforms.

Valls met British counterpart David Cameron and British and French executives, giving a speech at the Guildhall in the heart of the British capital’s City financial district, where he sought to dispel the notion that France’s government was hostile to business.

“My government is pro-business!” he told British business leaders in English, quipping: “A French prime minister in the City is an event. A Socialist French prime minister in the City is a revolution!”

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