French President Emmanuel Macron praised France’s progress in the technology sector during a visit to the VivaTech 2021 conference on Wednesday, but stressed that his country “cannot rest on its laurels.”
Speaking to Euronews Next at the event in Paris, Macron said that France was the first country in continental Europe to raise funds for innovation in the technology sector, but more remains to be done.
“Since 2017, fundraising has doubled. We reached 5.4 billion in 2020, and we will surpass that in 2021,” he said.
“We have tripled the amount of funds raised, and created between 150,000 and 200,000 jobs. We must not be satisfied with what we have achieved. We have to go faster and harder, and in particular, deploy the same strategies that were adopted at the European level.”
France will continue to lead innovation
Macron attended the VivaTech 2021 event to host a roundtable with European startups where he discussed the policies that Europe should adopt to build a stronger tech future.
He added: “So France will continue to drive the ecosystem for innovation in technology. What you see, this energy, is also enabling the transformation of sectors that we know, for companies that are already established in France.”
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