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Baja’s business sector is looking up, according to recent reports in the financial pages of Frontera, which reported earlier in the week that Baja’s business dealings with the U.S. and Baja tallied to $33 billion for the year 2012. That figure for Baja alone, says Tijuana’s U.S. consul general Andrew S.E. Erickson, is comparable to the dollar volume of business done between the United States and Brazil for the same year.

Thus, it is not surprising that France, onetime ruler of Mexico, wants to build stronger ties, both culturally and in business relations, with Baja. The big draw, according to consul honorario de francia in Tijuana Fernando Padilla Fitch, is the aerospace sector. French business interests have reportedly invested some $300 to $400 million in the development of aerospace industries in Baja.

Another area of Baja in which the French have shown interest is the wine region of the Valle of Guadalupe, where wine interests from the Champagne-Ardenne region of France reportedly would like to see a champagne industry developed.

Fitch is quoted as saying that French interests want to buy into Baja because California has become too expensive an area in which to do business. Baja, he says, offers attractive investment alternatives.

Fitch also pointed out that the French have had a presence in Baja for hundreds of years and right now some 80,000 persons with French roots are living in Baja, the majority in Tijuana.

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Visduh Sept. 8, 2013 @ 7:41 p.m.

Beaudeau, do you really believe what you just posted?. France is the "one time ruler of Mexico?" Yeah, sort of, for a couple of years in the 1860's, before the locals kicked their butts out, never to return. 80,000 persons with "French roots" live in Baja? That's so ludicrous that I'm rolling on the floor. Who paid you to put this goofball post in the Reader? And Reader Editor, do you really edit these pieces?

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David Dodd Sept. 16, 2013 @ 10:29 a.m.

Well, Beaudeau's correct, at least according to once source. A surprising number, but an accurate one according to the source...

http://www.frontera.info/EdicionEnLinea/Notas/Noticias/28082013/746465-Buscan-detonar-las-relaciones.html

It's in the second block, under "Su llegada". I doubt you'll need to translate it, it's likely pretty easy to figure out. Also, Max was emperor for three years, which lasted a lot longer than most Mexican Presidents did before that era. It's also interesting to note that the Mexican aristocracy (who were quite powerful at the time), had approached Maximilian a full five years prior to assuming the role to try and persuade him to take the position of Emperor. I think there's a lot more there than you're letting on about.

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