LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe is scheduled to leave Saturday for a trade mission to France.

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe is scheduled to leave Saturday for a trade mission to France.

The French government invited Beebe to make the trip and is footing the bill, Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample said Thursday. Beebe plans to return to Arkansas on June 29.

“They want to showcase French agriculture,” DeCample said.

DeCample said the governor has added a day to the trip so he can visit companies the state already has relationships with, including jet manufacturer Dassault Falcon Jet, which has a plant in Little Rock, and Saint-Gobain, which manufactures construction materials and has several plants in Arkansas.

Beebe also hopes to meet with companies considered prospects for future investment in Arkansas, DeCample said. He said the state will cover only the cost of the extra day in France and referred a question about the cost to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, which did not immediately return a call Thursday afternoon seeking comment.

The governor will travel with a group that includes his wife, Ginger; Grant Tennille, executive director of the AEDC; and certain Arkansans with connections to the French government.