March 28, 2018 / 7:05 PM / in 3 months

Samsung, Fujitsu give Macron's AI plan a boost with Paris R&D hubs

PARIS (Reuters) - South Korean electronics giant Samsung will make France its third global research and development hub in artificial intelligence after Korea and the United States and hire about one hundred experts in Paris, the French president’s office said on Wednesday.

France's president Emmanuel Macron attends a meeting with President and Chief Strategy Officer of Samsung Electronics Young Sohn, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Francois Mori/Pool via Reuters - RC1FA4FBC5B0

The announcement, made after a meeting between Emmanuel Macron and Samsung’s strategy chief Young Sohn in Paris, comes as the French president prepares to unveil a major plan to boost the country’s capacities in AI on Thursday.

Samsung Electronics will build up its current team of 15 people in the Paris area to 50 scientists by the end of the year, before reaching more than 100 experts eventually, two presidential advisors said.

France's president Emmanuel Macron attends a meeting with President and Chief Strategy Officer of Samsung Electronics Young Sohn, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Francois Mori/Pool via Reuters - RC11AA32A940

Samsung France did not immediately return a request for comment.

Japan’s Fujitsu will also make France its number one European research center for AI, strengthening a team of 15 people currently hosted at the country’s elite engineering school Polytechnique near Paris.

“The group, after a review that lasted more than a year, found that France stood out from the crowd in the field of artificial intelligence,” said Benjamin Revcolevschi, managing director at Fujitsu France.

Reporting by Michel Rose and Mathieu Rosemain; Editing by Leigh Thomas

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