Emmanuel Macron during the meeting at the Elysée with the actors of French Tech, September 14, 2020. – Charles Platiau / AP / SIPA

In the aftermath of the call for a moratorium by 70 left-wing elected officials and environmentalists on 5G, including Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Yannick Jadot, the head of state clearly took a stand. “Yes France will take the turn of 5G”, launched Emmanuel Macron Monday in front of digital companies. Far from seeking a consensus, he preferred to joke about those who would prefer “the Amish model”, while the allocation of frequencies for this mobile technology is due to begin at the end of the month.

“Wring your neck to all the misconceptions”

“France is the country of the Enlightenment, it is the country of innovation (…) We will wring our necks out of all the false ideas”, insisted the Head of State in front of a hundred entrepreneurs. the “French Tech” gathered in the village hall of the Elysée. “I hear many voices rising up to explain to us that we should take up the complexity of contemporary issues by going back to the oil lamp! I do not believe that the Amish model allows to solve the challenges of contemporary ecology “, laughed the head of state, referring to this American religious community which lives as in the 18th century.

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 he will have to “live with the virus, in doubt for weeks, perhaps 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”.