Macron Needs to Make France Gateway to Europe for Tech Corporations
French President Emmanuel Macron says his innovation insurance policies goal to make France the gateway to Europe for tech firms.
Talking in English in entrance of CEOs and different leaders of the tech trade, Macron mentioned “France is altering like loopy in order that we will say that France is again and you can select France.”
He mentioned his labour adjustments have boosted funding within the nation over the previous 12 months. Macron additionally pushed for more durable EU laws and a European digital tax.
The speech on the Vivatech commerce present in Paris comes a day after Macron met Facebook, Microsoft, Uber, IBM and different CEOs to debate private knowledge safety and taxes, amongst different points.
Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg is to talk later within the day at Vivatech.
Earlier, Macron took on Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg and different Web giants Wednesday at a Paris assembly to debate private knowledge safety and taxes as France pushes for more durable European laws.
Macron welcomed Zuckerberg and the leaders of dozens of different tech firms, together with Microsoft, Uber, and IBM, at a “Tech for Good” convention meant to deal with how they may use their international affect for the general public good.
The assembly got here as Fb, Google and different on-line giants are more and more seen by the general public as predators that abuse private knowledge, keep away from taxes and stifle competitors.
Macron, who additionally met privately with Zuckerberg on the presidential Elysee palace, mentioned beforehand that he would maintain asking the Fb co-founder to make “commitments.”
“France defends the concept of robust laws” equivalent to a three % digital tax on tech firms’ gross income within the European Union, Macron mentioned, including that it is “essential” that Web giants pay taxes. He additionally desires new laws to fight extremist propaganda on-line and cyber-bullying.
Privateness was one other subject Macron raised with Zuckerberg and the opposite tech executives in one-on-one conferences and at a bunch lunch within the presidential palace with philanthropists and politicians.