France’s Macron Wants a Seat at the AI Table+

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According to sources, France’s president wants to compete in the field of artificial intelligence (AI).

Emmanuel Macron met with Google and Meta AI experts on Friday, according to Bloomberg News, to discuss his country’s role in AI policy and research.

The conversations, according to people familiar with the matter, underlined Macron’s intention for France to play a prominent role in AI regulation, both in Europe and worldwide.

According to the source, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has shown an interest in influencing legislation, hinting that Macron’s approach may aggravate rivalry between London and Paris as the two cities vie to become global innovation centres.

Sunak is scheduled to talk at London Tech Week on Monday (June 12), where he will discuss how the “tectonic plates of technology are shifting.”

“We must act — and act quickly — if we want to not only retain our position as one of the world’s tech capitals… but to go even further, and make this the best country in the world to start, grow, and invest in tech businesses,” Sunak’s prepared remarks, as cited by Reuters, said.

Macron welcomed hundreds of global business executives to France last month to demonstrate the country’s potential to attract international investment. According to Macron, recent overseas investments total more than $10 billion.