François Hollande Meets with French Tech New York
In New York to sign the 2015 Paris Agreement (COP 21) at the United Nations, the French President took the opportunity to meet with the founders of French start-ups doing business in the United States. It was an occasion to illustrate the range of successful French tech companies that are increasingly conquering foreign markets and creating jobs in France. President Hollande met with a dozen entrepreneurs in the offices of PEOPLEDOC.
Playing host were Jonathan Benhamou and Clément Buyse, founders of PeopleDoc, a poster child for French tech. Currently the leader in France for cloud-based HR service delivery, PeopleDoc has 450 clients and 2 million users. The company employs 150 people globally, including 90 in France and 40 in the United States.Its revenues doubled between 2014 and 2015.
“Coming to the United States doesn’t mean breaking our ties with France. The French Tech hubs create jobs in France.”
The President had a chance to speak with a small group of French entrepreneurs doing business in New York. The group included Frédéric Montagnon (CEO of Secret Media and spokesperson for French Tech NYC), Gaël Duval (La French Touch Conference), Sandra Rey (Glowee), Alexis Lê-Quoc (Datadog), Fabrice Sergent (Bandsintown), Claire Obry (FrenchWink) and Laetitia Gazel Anthoine (Connecthings).
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