France prepping developer visa

Government planning visa to help foreign tech engineers find employment

The French government is preparing a visa specifically for developers seeking employment in the country.

In an interview with Le JDD - translated by Techcrunch - the French Secretary of State for the digital economy, Axelle Lemaire, detailed plans for a new visa to help foreign engineers - working in technology industries, which would include video games - find employment in France.

Lemaire pointed out the key roles French companies and talent have played in a number of technological innovations - including microprocessors, touchscreens and 3D - but it has suffered a talent exodus towards more prosperous territories like North America. Lemaire also noted that the movement of talent across borders happens more frequently in digital industries than in any other sector.

"The government wants to attract those who can help the French economy turn to the digital future," Lemaire said, suggesting that the new visa could offer foreign talent the right of residence in France for up to four years.

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Christophe Danguien games developer 3 years ago
I think they really don't get it. People are leaving for other countries because of the taxes, the toughness of getting fundings and the shitness of french adminstration in general.

I'm French and left for UK where it's much easier and where the Government is trying harder to help companies and employment...
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Why would anyone want to go to france with the current Hollande fiasco and lack of funding. it boggles the mind, not to mention food/cost of living is pricey currently.
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Christophe Danguien games developer 3 years ago
@Dr. Chee Ming Wong, I guess you means foot/cost of living is pricey currently in the world, otherwise it's just Paris, rest of the France is roughly ok
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Adam Campbell Game Production Manager, Azoomee3 years ago

Certainly a damning review of the current administration in France. Well, I hope things getter better soon and that French talent will not feel the need to flee in the first place.
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