Evoking the opponents to the deployment of mobile technology in France, the Head of State alluded to the American religious community which lives in autarky, as in the 18th century.

Emmanuel Macron, September 14, 2020, at the Elysée (POOL / CHARLES PLATIAU)

“Yes, France will take the turn of 5G”. In the aftermath of the moratorium request launched by 70 elected officials from the left and environmentalists, Emmanuel Macron dismissed this hypothesis, joking about those who would prefer “the Amish model” and the “return to the oil lamp”. “France is the country of the Enlightenment, it is the country of innovation (…) We are going to wring our necks out of all the false ideas. Yes, France will take the turn of 5G because it is the turning point of innovation “, insisted the Head of State in front of a hundred entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of the” French Tech “gathered in the village hall of the Elysée.

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The President of the Republic spoke the day after the request for a moratorium on the deployment of 5G by 70 elected officials from the left and environmentalists, including Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Yannick Jadot. The allocation of frequencies for this mobile technology should begin at the end of the month in France. “I hear many voices rising to explain to us that we should address the complexity of contemporary problems by returning to the oil lamp! I do not believe that the Amish model can solve the challenges of contemporary ecology “, mocked the head of state, referring to this American religious community hostile to technology and living as in the 18th century.

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In a suit but without a tie, Emmanuel Macron said he was delighted to be back in the start-up world, during the first large-scale event organized at the Elysee Palace since confinement. “We are demonstrating that we can continue to do events during the covid period”, he said, even if we will have to “live with the virus, in doubt for weeks, maybe years” . He also recalled that the stimulus plan would target 7 billion towards the digital sector, in particular for the digital transformation of the State. The Head of State has finally defended a sovereign digital Europe. “On 5G and many other subjects, we should not depend on any non-European power”, he insisted, calling in particular to “reopen the battle on the cloud”.