Tesla manufacturing is present in Europe through its Tilburg, Netherlands final assembly factory (or put another way, its re-assembly factory - put in place to avoid certain European import fees), and also recently in Germany, through its acquisition of Grohmann Engineering.
Tesla Model S
Now, France's Economy Minister Michel Sapin would like to encourage Tesla to also turn its eyes to his country for a new investment in Europe, such as Gigafactory #2.
Sapin visited the Tesla Factory in Fremont, California on Friday, and likely brought some incentive packages for Tesla's consideration at the same time.
"France’s Economy Minister Michel Sapin is due to tour the company’s production site Friday in Fremont, California, to argue that if Tesla is going to expand, it should do so in France, a ministry spokeswoman said.
Sapin is attempting a variation on the tradition that sees French politicians heading to the U.S. amid CES, formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas to promote the country’s push for innovation."
Last year, French Environment Minister Segolene Royal made the suggestion for Tesla to build a new factory on the site of France's oldest nuclear reactor in Fessenheim.