France announced the launch of national hybrid quantum computing platform

According to a French government release, the new hybrid quantum computing platform will be able to interconnect regular systems and quantum computers for an initial 70 million euros and up to 170 million euros

FREMONT, CA: With a new multi-sector, cutting-edge computing platform and billions of euros invested over several years to assist research-and-development efforts in the burgeoning technological industry, France is diving into the quantum realm. In an event on January 4th, Cabinet officials announced the launch of a national hybrid quantum computing platform. The initiative is part of President Emmanuel Macron's quantum technology strategic plan, which he launched in 2021. Between 2021 and 2025, the plan set aside 1.8 billion euros (2 billion dollars), with the government contributing 1 billion euros (1.13 billion dollars). The remaining funds will be generated through a combination of industry programmes, European financing, and related startup investments. The French government stated that leaders plan to create 16,000 new jobs in this area by 2030.

According to a French government release, the new hybrid quantum computing platform will be able to interconnect regular systems and quantum computers for an initial 70 million euros (61.9 million dollars) and up to 170 million euros (150.2 million dollars). Those systems will subsequently be accessible to a global community of academic institutions, start-ups, and industry collaborators. The platform will be controlled by France's National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology (INRIA) and housed at the CEA's military technology facilities in Paris. On Tuesday, 5 January, leaders from various French government ministries attended the half-day gathering. In a virtual address, Defense Minister Florence Parly stated that mastering quantum technology is of vital strategic relevance to France's national defence. Everyone can picture the advantages of autonomous navigation, which is achievable with some quantum technologies, she stated. Furthermore added that this will be critical in future conflicts. Quantum-based sensors will soon provide unparalleled levels of precision for advanced weapon and navigation systems that will no longer rely on satellite signals but instead measure tiny fluctuations in Earth's gravity, according to Parly.

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