Gov. Deval Patrick returning to Massachusetts after concluding weeklong European trade mission


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BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick is heading back to Massachusetts after wrapping up his latest trade mission.

During the weeklong trip, Patrick began in in Copenhagen, Denmark. He also stopped in London, Lyon and Paris.

On Saturday, he was scheduled to leave Paris and return home.

Patrick said the trip was intended to expand opportunities between Massachusetts and European countries in the innovation economy, clean tech, digital gambling, financial services and education sectors.

On Friday Patrick announced that Nanobiotix — a Paris-based nano-medicine company pioneering new approaches for cancer treatment — will open its first U.S. office in Massachusetts.

The trade mission was Patrick's fourth this year.

Critics have faulted Patrick for spending too much time overseas.

Since 2010, Patrick has visited Israel, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Colombia, Ireland, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Panama, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates.

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