Council bosses from a port city where a ferry firm is closing down routes are to join forces with French business leaders to find a new operator.
The closure of the P&O route will lead to 350 job losses
Portsmouth City Council is holding talks with the chamber of commerce in Le Havre over P&O's decision to axe the ferry link between the two ports.
Last year, the firm announced it was ending four of its 13 routes, with the Le Havre route ending on 30 September.
The cities are looking at how they can best work to find a new operator.
It is thought that three companies have shown an interest in taking over the route but that emphasis has been placed on finding a new freight operator rather than one to run a tourist service.
The closure of the Le Havre route will lead to 350 jobs losses.
Brittany Ferries had said it would take over its ships and crews but that deal fell through earlier this year.