French President Emmanuel Macron hailed France’s progress in the tech sector while attending the VivaTech 2021 conference on Wednesday, but stressed that the country “cannot rest on its laurels.”
Speaking to Euronews Next at an event in Paris, Macron said France was the number one country in continental Europe for raising funds for innovation in the tech sector, but there was still more to be done.
“Fundraising has doubled since 2017. In 2020 we reached $5.4 billion, in 2021 we will exceed this figure,” he said.
“We have tripled our fundraising and created between 150,000 and 200,000 jobs. We absolutely must not rest on our laurels. accepted at the European level.
“France will continue to drive innovation”
Macron attended the VivaTech 2021 event to host a roundtable with European startups where he discussed the policies Europe should adopt to build a stronger tech future.
“And so France will continue to drive an innovative technology ecosystem. What you see, this energy is also contributing to the transformation of sectors that we know, companies that have already been established in France,” he added.
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