As a French business owner who is based in the U.S., I was curious to go see French President Francois Hollande this month, when he made a visit to San Francisco. According to local news sources, right now in Silicon Valley there are an estimated 400 – 500 French startups – i.e., companies that are doing business here and not in France. Obviously, Hollande would like to see some of that startup energy imported back to his country.
“For centuries France wanted to change the world and together we can change the world. We can change the way we consume, we produce, the way we deal with health and technology. In order to make the world a better place. California and France are a match made in Heaven,” said Hollande.