Elon Musk was in Paris on Friday with his mother Maye and ex-wife Talulah Riley – meeting the French president, lunching with the world’s second richest man, Bernard Arnault, and addressing a tech conference where he warned about the dangers of AI.
Later on Friday evening the group attended an event at the National Library.
Musk, 51, is in the midst of something of a European tour, as leaders try to court the Tesla boss and encourage investment in their countries. On Thursday he was in Rome to meet the Italian prime minister and foreign minister; the day later, he met Emmanuel Macron for the second time in just over a month.
‘Let’s work together!’ tweeted the French president, with the hashtag: ‘#ChooseFrance.’
French officials are hoping to convince Musk to pick France for the construction of his next Tesla gigafactory in Europe.
Elon Musk and his mother Maye are seen leaving their Paris hotel to go to the National Library on Friday evening
Musk and his mother are seen getting into their car on Friday evening
Talulah Riley, Musk’s ex wife, changed into a brown spotted number for the Friday evening event
Musk had lunch with Arnault, 74 – the CEO and controlling shareholder of LVMH, which consists of about 75 luxury brands, including Louis Vuitton, Tiffany, and Christian Dior – and two of Arnault’s sons, Antoine and Alexandre.
All of Arnault’s five children hold important positions in LVMH, with each closely watched for any sign of pulling ahead of others to one day succeed the 74-year old CEO, who has not indicated he plans to step down any time soon.
The group lunched at five-star hotel Cheval Blanc, part of the LVMH portfolio, before Antoine, 46, appeared on stage with Musk at the VivaTech conference.
He was accompanied at the conference by his mother and by Riley, 37. The British actress was married to Musk from 2010-12, and then from 2013-16.
The French president, Emmanuel Macron, tweeted a photo of himself meeting Musk on Friday
Antoine Arnault, far left, is seen with Musk (right) and Christel Heydemann, CEO of Orange, on Friday
Antoine Arnault posted this photo of his father Bernard (left), the world’s second richest man, with Musk, the world’s richest
From left: Alexandre Arnault, Maye Musk, Bernard Arnault, Elon Musk, and Antoine Arnault
Maye Musk (right) and Talulah Riley (in white) are seen listening to Musk’s discussion
Riley was married to Musk twice: she and her former mother-in-law are seen sharing a joke on Friday
Riley is seen awaiting the start of the VivaTech conference on Friday
Musk used the forum to warn about the dangers of Artificial Intelligence, urging a ‘pause’ on development and insisting that the AI sector needed regulation.
‘There is a real danger for digital superintelligence having negative consequences,’ said Musk
‘I am in favor of AI regulation,’ he added.
He also addressed progress with Tesla, saying that his company is close to achieving fully autonomous vehicles.
Musk said autonomy was the ‘main driver’ of the brand’s market value.
The company’s shares rose by as much as 3 percent on the announcement, to their highest level in more than eight months.
The world’s most valuable automaker, Tesla has a market capitalization of around $800 billion, but for years has missed Musk’s targets to achieve full self-driving capability.
‘Although I’ve said this before, I think we will solve autonomy soon,’ he said.
‘The value of the company is primarily on the basis of autonomy.
‘That’s really, I think, the main driver of our value.’
The electric car manufacturer says that what it calls ‘Full Self-Driving’ software does not make its vehicle autonomous and requires driver supervision.