Emmanuel Macron does not intend to ease off on 5G, the object of many criticisms on the left and among environmentalists. The day after the moratorium request formulated by 70 elected officials including Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Yannick Jadot, the President of the Republic assured Monday that France would “take the turn of 5G” by not depriving himself of ironicizing those who according to him would prefer “the Amish model” and the “return to the oil lamp”.
“France is the country of the Enlightenment, it is the country of innovation […] We will wring our necks out of all the misconceptions. Yes, France is going to take the turn of 5G because it is the turning point of innovation ”, insisted the Head of State in front of a hundred entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of“ French Tech ”gathered in the room. of the Elysée holidays.
“I hear many voices rising to explain to us that we should take up the complexity of contemporary problems by going back to the oil lamp! I do not believe that the Amish model makes it possible to solve the challenges of contemporary ecology, ”mocked the Head of State, referring to this American religious community hostile to technology and which lives as in the 18th century.
An argument joining the one put forward earlier in the day on France 2 by Bruno Le Maire. “It would be a step backwards for France and I prefer France forward, conqueror, which succeeds economically, than fossilized France which does not move. […], this France which tells you that we no longer need a Christmas tree because that makes a dead tree in the town hall ”, launched Bruno Le Maire, in an allusion to the will of the ecological mayor of Bordeaux to remove the Christmas tree. Noë l traditionally installed in the city center.
In a suit but without a tie, Emmanuel Macron said he was delighted to be back in the start-up world, during the first large-scale event organized at the Elysee Palace since confinement. “We are demonstrating that we can continue to carry out events during the Covid period”, he said, even if he will have to “live with the virus, probably for weeks, maybe years “.
He also recalled that the recovery plan would target 7 billion towards the digital sector, in particular for the digital transformation of the State. The Head of State has finally defended a sovereign digital Europe. “On 5G and many other subjects, we should not depend on any non-European power”, he insisted, calling in particular to “reopen the battle on the” cloud “”.
VIDEO. Macron defends 5G against “the Amish model”
During the evening, three companies which have posted particularly remarkable performances this year were to present their activity: the mobile video game publisher Voodoo, which has become a “unicorn” by bringing into its capital the Chinese Tencent, the start-up Mirakl (creation of marketplaces) and Innovafeed (insect proteins).