Chapter 12. Sophia Antipolis — Technology Park the “French Way”

France — A Competitive High-Tech Environment

In the fast-paced world of global high-tech markets, France retains the legacy of a “joie de vivre” attitude and a cultural emphasis on fashion, art, and haute cuisine. However, the country has much to offer in terms of high tech as well. With 59 million inhabitants and a geographical location at the heart of the European Union, which is the world's largest trading area, France boasts the world's fourth-largest economy, as measured by GDP. Today, over 8,000 non-French firms operate in the country, attracted by its very high-quality high-tech labor force, excellent facilities in R&D and its fairly low wage levels. Wages in the hardware industry ...

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