As the incoming Biden administration prepares to “renew U.S. democracy and alliances,” France and America are poised for a technology-focused rapprochement. France, once thought to be destined for decline and isolation in the early 2000s, has reemerged as a central player in 21st-century geopolitics, with Emmanuel Macron center stage.
As Emmanuel Macron has been quietly been turning France into a technological powerhouse, and with the incoming Biden administration now less than a month away, Macron is chomping at the bit to form a digital alliance with the United States. One can only imagine the swift advances we will see regarding a digital immunity passport connecting America with Europe.
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” 2 Thessalonians 2:3,4 (KJB)
Look at the expression on Macron’s face, look how intense and sinister it is as he raised the sign of Satan over the White House and over America. Since that photo was taken, Emmanuel Macron has been on a nearly unstoppable trajectory upwards towards consolidating global power. He has become the de facto leader of the New World Order as it uses the trojan horse of the COVID-19 Plannedemic to seize power, but in 2020 as in 2018, one man stands in his way. Donald John Trump. In order to take firm control, Macron needs to either woo Trump to his side, or have him taken out of the way. That’s where we are right now.
Technology Can Be the Foundation of a Renewed U.S.-French Alliance
FROM FOREIGN POLICY: A revitalized U.S.-French alliance, anchored in deep technological cooperation, is critical to advancing America’s interests on multiple fronts. It is also a necessary path to defend France’s global interests, and to bolster its nascent high-tech sectors.
French power is more comprehensive than many Americans realize. It is estimated that by mid-century, France’s population will be roughly on par with Germany’s, for the first time in over a century. Unlike Germany or Japan, France holds a permanent seat in the U.N. Security Council and is able to project military might far beyond its borders. Unlike the United Kingdom, France is a powerhouse within European institutions. And as the only country straddling the geographic and cultural divides between northern and southern Europe, France is uniquely positioned to influence continental affairs. From the Near East to the Sahel and the Indo-Pacific, there has been much geopolitical commonality and coordinated action between France and the United States—through succeeding administrations in the past decade.
France’s sense of its own independent national role long hindered a major role inside the European Union. That is no longer so. Macron ran on an openly European platform and his administration is the most proactive ever to emerge on European issues. There is now a continuity between France’s heritage and values and a European destiny.
Macron has made technology a centerpiece of his agenda—even making sure to include two iPhones in his official presidential portrait. In 2017, Macron called for France to be “a nation that thinks and moves like a startup.” Two years later, he announced a 5 billion-euro investment in growing France’s tech industry and creating 25 French “unicorns” by 2025.
The French Tech Mission, a government initiative to encourage startups, has placed representatives in every ministry. Meanwhile, Station F, a 366,000 square-foot converted train depot in Paris is now the world’s largest tech incubator. Under Macron, wrote Celia Belin and Boris Toucas, France decided to “rethink its international role and reboot.” With the right attention and investment, a rebooted Franco-American tech alliance is poised to address several pressing global issues.
France is a center of advanced industries with critical technologies—aerospace, nuclear, some IT and many defense-related developments. This has made it a target for Chinese technology theft. It is the most active supporter inside the European Union of investment screening and tech export controls—resulting in the recent EU proposal of an EU-U.S. Trade and Technology Council. A tech alliance with France can help protect the integrity of the Internet.
France has led the way in combating disinformation, with the 2017 French elections seeing French institutions and media outlets unite against attempted hack-and-leak operations. The following year, the French government issued the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace, bringing together more than 1,100 governments, companies, and civil society actors—from Greece to Google—around a set of principles for promoting cyber peace and protecting the democratic Internet. French leadership dovetails with President-elect Joe Biden’s proposal for a Summit for Democracy that would, among other objectives, call on tech companies to “ensure that their tools and platforms are not empowering the surveillance state, gutting privacy, facilitating repression in China and elsewhere, spreading hate and misinformation, spurring people to violence, or remaining susceptible to other misuse.”
Technology will be the backbone of efforts to efficiently produce and deploy vaccines and otherwise combat COVID-19. The two countries have already cooperated on research and development of vaccine candidates: The United States provided critical funding to French pharmaceutical Sanofi. More generally, French pharmaceutical and health insurance providers are eyeing new methods to use data in order to predict and help prevent diseases— an area prime for future collaborations with U.S. companies, such as Google and Apple, that are also experimenting in this space. READ MORE
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