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eBooks to play a more prominent role during upcoming French literary season

Each year at ‘la rentrée’ (the late Aug-early Sept back to school / back to work period) France’s literary season kicks-off with the release of a vast array of new books.  This year’s literary season is expected to be an active one, with the release of  646 new titles [FR].  As avid readers [FR], the […]

Return of the French Google Tax: New Government, Same Nonsense

Return of the French Google Tax: New Government, Same Nonsense

France is now saying it will enforce what’s been dubbed the “Google Tax” [FR], a sort of customs tariff on web products and services sold from anywhere outside of France. Previous governments have tried coming up with a way to apply VAT on digital purchases from foreign companies, from a song on iTunes or an […]

Amazon setting up shop in Burgundy

Amazon setting up shop in Burgundy

Reported in LeMonde, Amazon has decided to set up a fulfillment center in Burgundy which is projected to create approximately 1,000 jobs.  The center will reinforce Amazon’s strong presence outside the Paris region, as it already has two other logistic centers in Montelimar and Saran (Orléans).  The planned expansion was confirmed this week by France […]

I'm sorry, did you think French companies don't acquire?

It's true. French companies don't have the same acquisition culture as some of the American tech darlings, like Google or Facebook. And it definitely doesn't help the local exit market. French and other European companies often look across the Atlantic when it comes time to go public or get acquired.But just because there are more exit opportunities elsewhere doesn't mean there are none at home.