In the first in a series on European cities seeking to profit from the UK’s exit from the EU, we hear how the French capital is tempting firms from London

Amid the gleaming glass towers of Paris’s La Défense business district, cranes dot the skyline as drills clatter away on the building sites of future skyscrapers and acres of new office space. Marie-Célie Guillaume proudly walks the route of the guided tours she gives to companies drawing up Brexit contingency plans and considering moving jobs from London to France after the UK leaves the European Union.

“The uncertainty opened up by the Brexit vote is growing even bigger today,” she said as she took an elevator up France’s highest office building to inspect a luxurious new designer workspace with treadmill desks and meditation rooms. “We have no clarification of the full timeframe or the conditions of Brexit, and if there’s one thing companies hate, it’s uncertainty.”

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