Net neutrality: France is world champion

Arcep (independent French agency in charge of regulating telecommunications in France) has launched the app, Wehe. It evaluates if an internet provider respects net neutrality. After the first series of analysis, France is far ahead with positive results.   Net neutrality (or network neutrality) is a principle of digital governance. All internet content must have […]

Minority Report is real : we can now foresee crime

Minority Report is real : we can now foresee crime

1956: That was the year the book “Minority Report” was written by Philip K. Dick. 2019: That’s when it will become a reality. With the National Data Analytics Solution, welcome to the age of preventing crime before it happens. Maybe.     Preventing crime   “Minority Report” is a novel written by Sci-Fi author Philip K. Dick. […]

Drone flying: the legal nightmare and the end of leisure flight

Drone flying: the legal nightmare and the end of leisure flight

Landing on an aircraft carrier Not a week goes by without some news on a drone “misconduct” (latest was landing on one of UK’s aircraft carrier). They gather about as much interest as they spark fear. Try flying a drone, just about anywhere, and before you’re first battery is up, you’ll have a small crowd […]

Legalstart aims to eliminate the legal and admin pain for SMEs

Anyone who’s launched and operated a business in France knows how challenging the required legal and administrative procedures can be (91% of french managers and entrepreneurs believe there are too many legal and administrative requirements). Of course France is not unique in this regard and the French administration has made various efforts in recent years to […]

Jurismatic, TheFamily's latest concoction, provides open source legal documents for French startups

This month, TheFamily released yet another website. If you’re like me, you weren’t fazed by the forced mass-publication that came on Facebook & Twitter, and after the 100th time that they tell you that their latest oeuvre will change the startup ecosystem, you can’t help but scoff. However, with Jurismatic, TheFamily’s latest concoction, you might […]

In Paris, Uber fined €100K as advertising for UberPop declared illegal

A court decision ruled this week that advertising UberPop – Uber’s low cost peer to peer transport solution in Europe – fining the company €100,000. The case, which is independent of Uber’s ongoing negotiations with Taxi authorities, was brought forth by the anti-competition & fraud commission of the French Ministry of Economy, and Uber currently plans to appeal the […]

France can now (legally) veto all acquisitions by foreign companies

The potential acquisition of Alstom by General Electric has made more than the usual headlines in France & around the world, notably due to the French government’s lobbying for German competitor Siemens to acquire the company’s ailing Energy division, currently valued at upwards of $17 Billion. For those without memory loss, this process may feel […]

Modeled after YC’s SAFE, AIR is the first legal convertible note in France

The convertible note is a staple of any healthy startup ecosystem. It allows business angels to invest in seed startup companies without getting bogged down on the particularities of the valuation, by applying the equity exchange to the investment on the next round, with a declared discount (15-25%) applied to previous investors on a investor-by-investor […]

French Policy prevents Netflix, but Encourages Illegal Downloads

This Post is a Guest Post by Willy Braun. Willy is a Paris-Based blogger from Toulouse, who currently works for EBG,  the biggest professional community in new technologies. He also hosts his own French-language blog, Brocooli. In France, we LOVE movies & TV shows. But we don’t have an SVOD service like Netflix. Instead, We wait […]