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France Opens Access to Quantum Computing to Researchers, Startups

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While looking to become one of the world's leading powers in the field, France does not intend to sideline its European neighbors; not to mention that the EU, in its Digital Compass for 2030, also set the goal to have its first quantum computer by 2025.

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The French government has launched a program to make quantum machines and supercomputers available to researchers and French and EU startup companies, in order to sustain France's technological relevance.

Government officials announced the launch of a new quantum computing platform to maximize accessibility, to be installed at the French Atomic Energy Commission's High-Performance Computing Center.

French Secretary of State for Digital Cédric O said the government will initiate procurement of two to three quantum computers for integration into the platform by mid-year.

Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly called quantum technology "essential for tomorrow's battles, essential for processing billions of data for intelligence purposes, for optimizing vehicle trajectories by taking into account their individual dynamics, for designing an antenna."

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