LAHORE - Reiterating her countrys continued support for Pakistan in its efforts to overcome economic difficulties, French Minister for Foreign Trade Anne Marie Idrac has said that French companies were looking at projects in the transport, energy, water treatment and food sectors. The French Foreign Trade Minister, who was heading a 21-member strong delegation comprising Parliamentarians, Executives of Multi-national companies and government officials, was speaking at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Friday. LCCI President Mian Muzaffar Ali, SVP Tahir Javaid Malik, VP Irfan Iqbal Sheikh, French Ambassador Daniel Jouanneau, Consul General in Karachi Pierre Seillen, Head of French Economic Services in Pakistan Dominique Simon and LCCI former President Mian Misbahur Rehman also spoke on the occasion. The French Minister said the private sector delegation accompanying her was a manifestation of her countrys keenness to assist Pakistan officially and the President Nicholas Sarkozy would sign agreements with Pakistan government during his visit to Pakistan by the end of this year. She said France wanted to open a new chapter of partnership with Pakistan because of the return of democracy and its resolve to fight out terrorism. She said that the President Sarkozy would sign agreements on defence, security, economy and energy. She said the French companies would develop better partnership in the fields of energy efficiency in renewable and hydro energy projects. Several companies are already operating in Pakistan, she added. The French Minister also promised to extend cooperation in the field of Agro-processing industry. By the end of this year, French Agro-based industry would hold single country exhibition in Lahore, she added. Ms Idrac said a proposed partnership between Pakistan and France on civilian nuclear energy would be limited to nuclear safety and security. 'What we propose is something very important, which is the possibility for technical people to discuss very precisely what can be done in terms of safety and security for the existing civil nuclear plants, she said. This question is to be settled within the framework of the international commitments to which France is a party, and any cooperation is subject to international agreements. French Ambassador Daniel Jouanneau, while addressing the meeting said that all genuine businessmen would be accorded Red-carpet treatment at the Embassy but they had to wait for minimum three weeks to complete the visa process.