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Bruno Bonnell, secretary general for investment in charge of France 2030, arrives at the Elysée, in Paris, on November 8, 2022.

There is little question that Bruno Bonnell has May 22 on his agenda, the date of the opening of the brand new version of the Vivatech expertise honest, whose major themes this yr will probably be synthetic intelligence (AI) and information. Subjects that significantly curiosity him since he left his mandate as a deputy to guide the France 2030 plan devoted to investments for the longer term.

Announced in 2018 and working since 2019, this plan is endowed with 54 billion euros, of which two billion have been dedicated to AI. Already 31 billion have been dedicated to help round 4,000 initiatives, however the remaining quantity to be spent ought to make it potential to take a position much more massively in French corporations concerned in AI, straight or not directly.

“We don’t want to be left behind in this revolution,” argues Mr. Bonnell, who recollects the attractiveness of France on this self-discipline, whether or not it’s college coaching, investments introduced by digital giants reminiscent of Microsoft and its 4 billion euro undertaking for constructing new information facilities or France's progress in creating quantum computer systems.

“Safeguarded” bills

In a local weather of budgetary austerity set by Bercy, there isn’t any query of including to the pot, nor of decreasing assets: “Whether it is the Prime Minister [Gabriel Attal]the Minister of the Economy [Bruno Le Maire] or the Minister of Industry [Roland Lescure], all have certified that these expenses are protected. This is not spending to plug deficits but for the future”explains Mr. Bonnell.

Better, the supervisor ensures that the plan led by the State will probably be reimbursed between 2028 and 2029 via the cost by assisted corporations of VAT, social fees for the roles they generate, and company tax. And Mr. Bonnell recalled that the report produced in June 2023 by the Monitoring Committee for Future Investments forecasts that France 2030 ought to improve the nation's gross home product by 40 to 80 billion euros and create 288,000 to 600,000 jobs by 2030.

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To date, the plan initiated by the State helps VSEs, SMEs and start-ups in equal measure on the one hand, and huge teams alternatively, notably with the financing of the Verkor electrical battery gigafactory in Dunkirk. (North), or the extension of the STMicroelectonics semiconductor manufacturing web site in Crolles (Isère). “We are involved in support operations which range from 50,000 or 10,000 euros to over 2 billion euros”explains Mr. Bonnell.

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