The 12 most competitive French regions for digital and ICT
The European Commission publishes the ranking of the major European poles
Paris would be less attractive than Munich or London in terms of information and communication technologies according to the European Commission, which has just published the ranking of the major European poles in the sector based on 5 categories: the number of qualified IT specialists, the intensity of research activities, the number of patents filed, employment growth and the level of risk capital.
A interactive map available on the Commission’s website allows to know the classification of each region. Thus, in France, 12 regions or departments stand out with honorable scores (in alphabetical order):
- the Alpes-Maritimes (Nice)
- the Bouches-du-Rhône (Marseille)
- Essonne (Evry)
- the Gironde (Bordeaux)
- the Haute-Garonne (Toulouse)
- Haute-Savoie (Annecy)
- Herault (Montpellier)
- Ile-de-France (Paris)
- Ille-et-Vilaine (Rennes)
- Isère (Grenoble)
- the Rhône (Lyon)
- the Val-de-Marne (Créteil)
At European level, if Germany dominates research activities and patent filings, the United Kingdom triumphs over the number of computer scientists with 8 of the 10 regions best ranked according to this single criterion. This ranking “proves that to succeed in the digital sector, you have to be ready to invest, be open to innovation and know how to plan. To be a world leader in the field of technology, Europe must today reinforce these values ”declares Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission.
The institution also specifies that the regions which stand out are those which have a long industrial history, where “there are high-level educational establishments as well as other key players in innovation” and which lead ” long-term research and innovation policies ”.
Because the French digital economy is not limited to Paris, Frenchweb produces monthly reports on regional ecosystems (entrepreneurs, start-ups, politicians, etc.):