The Strategist

Macron wants to turn France into a land of startups

06/16/2017 - 15:44

France will issue "technological" visas for talented entrepreneurs and researchers. This was stated by President Emmanuel Macron at the Viva Tech conference in Paris. According to President, France should become a nation of innovations and start-ups.

New "technological" visas will attract talented workers from all over the world to France, Macron said. France, in turn, is ready to provide researchers and entrepreneurs with comfortable working conditions, as well as supporting startup projects with money. Visas will be issued for 4 years, while invited specialists will be able to bring their family members to France. According to Macron, the visa will be open to the founders of start-up projects, their employees, as well as investors.

"I want to attract new entrepreneurs and new researchers to France and make our country a nation of innovations and start-ups. I want like France to become a country of unicorns".

President of France suggests that the European Venture Fund should support startup projects as they develop. He also pointed to the need to create a single digital market in Europe.

Macron positions himself as President who stands for innovations, for business development, which undoubtedly aroused a response from the business community of France.

Among Macron's supporters in the business environment are such entrepreneurs as Xavier Niel, founder of mobile operator Iliad, Marc Simoncini, founder of Meetic dating web site. Claude Beber, former chief executive of the insurance company Axa and one of the founders of the French business, also spoke in support of Macron.