"I see the sans-culottes appear to have captured the government in Paris. The French minister has been so eccentric to call for a massive investment to depart from France," he said, during a visit to India.
"I have no hesitation in saying here, 'Venez à Londres, mes amis!' (Come to London, my friends)," he said. "Come to the business capital of the world."
The "sans-culottes," meaning without "knee breeches", were the most militant supporters of the French Revolution at the end of the 18th century.