Technological Landscape of France
When we think of science and technology, France might not be the first country to come into our mind, we are more likely to think of the USA, UK and Germany since France is usually associated with food. It is worth to note that France has indeed been a pioneer in a number of technological advances and a major contributor to science and technology. In fact, France is the fourth country to achieve nuclear capability. They were the third country to have satellites alongside the USA and Russia.
Digital technology currently represents around 5% of the French GDP. In addition, internal combustion engines, Brail, the first gas absorption refrigeration system was also developed in France only. Things we rely on today, some on a daily basis and yet never knew France had such an important role to play. Some of these things in which France had a major contribution was photography and Internal combustion engines, parachutes, electric generators..
Another part of science and technology where France has played a major role is high speed transport. Some of the fastest trains originated in France.
The french colleges and universities are offering science and technology courses to help future scientists in the country. They have large scientific buildings that work on science, technology and mathematics. Despite such major technological contributions and being no less leaders in technology, France is low key and we don’t get to hear much about it in the technology area.