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In Visit, France's Digital Economy Minister Addresses Innovation

In Visit, France’s Digital Economy Minister Addresses Innovation

Published on June 6, 2013
Four-Day Program Gathers Leading French, U.S. Players from Silicon Valley

During a four-day mission to one of the world’s most dynamic hubs for technology, France’s digital economy minister, Fleur Pellerin, engaged with the key players in San Francisco’s Silicon Valley to support and advance French efforts in digital business.

Ms. Pellerin, whose full title is Delegate Minister for Productivity, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses, Innovation and the Digital Economy, met with entrepreneurs, digital experts, and investors from a broad array of industries.

Her visit is the outgrowth of a refocus on job-creating new economics, including in the digital and online spheres, which the French President François Hollande set in place after winning office just over a year ago.

Ms. Pellerin’s meetings took her to several of the tech firms whose historic success has helped establish Silicon Valley as a leading light in global technology. At the headquarters of the Internet search engine Google, she met with senior vice-president David Drummond. At Twitter, the micro-blogging platform, Ms. Pellerin shifted focus to online regulation with public policy officer Katie Stanton. At systems developer Intel, senior vice-president Douglas Melamed hosted a meeting with the minister.

Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook, welcomed Ms. Pellerin to the company’s headquarters on June 5. During their conference, Kevin Systrom, co-founder and CEO of the online photo service Instagram, joined them to discuss common ideas.

Other brands such as AirBnB, Salesforce, and LinkedIn joined the minister for meetings throughout her visit.

A panel discussion with the region’s French Alumni Association provided a forum on June 4 for some 120 French tech professionals to meet and hear remarks from Ms. Pellerin and Romain Serman, France’s Consul General in San Francisco. The featured speakers included French members of the Bay Area’s academic, start-up, and tech investment communities.

For more information and photos on Minister Pellerin’s visit, please visit the Facebook page of the Consulate of France in San Francisco here.

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