…employment laws are often derided as getting in the way of business, that’s only part of the story. The French Tech Visa is an incredibly bold way to welcome innovation to the country, and indeed the broader La French Tech initiative does an incredible job of connecting French startups with resources within France and the rest of the world.
The reason for this warm welcome and the positive impression is clear to me in retrospect. Tech people in France are well networked, terrifyingly enthusiastic, and hell-bent on helping raise the overall state of the French ecosystem through the simple act of helping each other out.
Paris has over 134,000 professional developers, the second highest in Europe behind London (300,000). 40% of these have at least 6 years of experience — still a little behind the UK (53%) and Germany …
lined fro…ng to Atomico’s State of European Tech report), as start-up costs for business have fallen rapidly: infrastructure start-up costs alone have declined from ~$5M in the 1990s to less than $100k today (and that’s without various deals and sweeteners offered by a majority of accelerators/incubators)