By Mathieu Rosemain, Gwénaëlle Barzic and Michel RosePARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron will urge a visiting group of top Silicon Valley venture capitalists this week to invest in the nation's start-ups while calling on them not to "steal" the best creations, four sources told Reuters.gi The discreet event, not mentioned in Macron's official schedule, comes at a tough time for the French leader after rioters looted and ransacked boutiques and businesses in central Paris, chaotic images beamed around the world.Executives from some of the biggest names in U.S. tech funding, including Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital and General Atlantic, are among the 40 expected in Paris on Wednesday and Thursday for a tour of the French startup scene.The two-day roadshow includes presentations from what sources called tech 'superstars' already investing in France as well as visits to hubs such as the Station F tech incubator in eastern Paris.But instead of simply urging … [Read more...] about Macron to call on U.S. funds to build French start-ups, not steal them
PARIS (Reuters) - France wants to boost the number of foreign students at its universities by more than half over the next decade and will offer more courses taught in English to attract them.Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, announcing the plan on Monday, said increasing the number of foreigners studying in the country would help build French influence overseas.gi Home to centuries-old universities such as the Sorbonne in Paris and some leading business schools, France is the world's top non-English speaking student destination, but it ranks behind the United States, Britain and Australia.The number of foreign students at French universities fell by 8.5 percent between 2011 and 2016 and the country has seen increased competition from Germany, Russia, Canada and China, the prime minister's office said."Many countries are already building global attractivity strategies, linking studies, the job market, tourism, which explains the influence of Asia or monarchies in the Gulf," Philippe … [Read more...] about French universities to offer more courses in English to attract foreign students
Le Pen's promises set out what policies she would enact (or at least try to) if elected as president in May, (which, after Donald trumped the US and the UK dumped Europe is now considered a near realistic proposition.) Why 144? "Because God made the world in 144 hours", Le Pen said this week. The 24-page document outlining her pledges isn't exactly light reading, so here's a summary of some of her key points and includes other election pledges she has made to the media. 'French come first' Included in Le Pen's outline for her presidency are promises to “defend national identity”. These comprise defending the “values and traditions of French civilisation”, as well as “promoting our cultural and historical heritage”. "We will be all about the local, not the global," Le Pen has said (presumably not referring to our website). Essentially her "French first" policy would mean prioritizing employment and social housing for French people. But … [Read more...] about ‘French first’: This is what a ‘President Marine Le Pen’ has in mind for France
French Socialist Benoit Hamon urged voters to support his bold leftist ideas for revitalising the country on Wednesday as his party prepares to pick its presidential candidate this weekend. In a final televised debate with his rival, ex-prime minister Manuel Valls, Hamon urged the left to "turn its back on the old regime, at these solutions that didn't work yesterday and won't work in the future." Hamon, 49, has emerged as the surprise frontrunner to lead the Socialists into elections in April and May after their five years in power which has seen their popularity plummet. Whoever clinches the nomination on Sunday would finish a humiliating fifth if the vote was held today, polls suggest, as the country grapples with low growth and fears about terrorism and immigration. Hamon has pitched himself as a man of fresh ideas, promising to bring in universal basic income -- a state handout to all adults, irrespective of income -- and new environmental protections as well as a 32-hour work … [Read more...] about French Socialist’s remedy for France: Work 32 hours a week and tax robots
In an exchange on France's Radio Classique on Wednesday morning, Nicolas Sarkozy seemed to reveal that he intends to ban the wearing of the Muslim headscarf in public places in the name of equality. "Are you preparing a proposal to ban the headscarf," a journalist asked Sarkozy on the programme. "Exactly," the politician responded. "Yes or no?" the journalist asked. "Yes," said Sarkozy. "On French soil, we don't accept inequalities between men and women," he added. "No headscarves, no burkinis, now specific swimming times at the public pools, and strict equality when it comes to the rights and of men and women - that is the French republic." It was Sarkozy who banned the wearing of the full face veil - the niqab and the burqa in public places back in 2010, but forbidding Muslim women from wearing the headscarf or hijab would signal a severe tightening of the restrictions on traditional Muslim dress. But while Sarkozy has repeatedly spoken of his desire … [Read more...] about Ban the headscarf on French streets: Is Sarkozy serious?