The Nigerian ambassador to France, Dr. Modupe Irele, said on Thursday that about 30,000 Nigerians are currently living in France.

Irele said in Lagos that the number included Nigerians living in France as business owners, as well as those studying in various French institutions.

She said: “The estimated population of Nigerians currently living in France is 30,000.

Some are business owners, some students who came here to study either privately or on scholarship, while others have started outfits that promote trade, culture and other forms of interaction.”

According to her, many Nigerian professionals resident in France are also actively engaged in promoting socio-cultural and economic ties between Nigeria and France.

Irele said Nigerians in France were enjoying a positive relationship with her embassy and described them as law-abiding in their various French communities.

The ambassador also said the French government was working closely with her embassy in encouraging more English-speaking Africans to study in France.

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