From Startup Garage Paris to AI Masterclass, Facebook runs a wide range of programmes in France, including initiatives to support the digital transformation of SMEs and NGOs, and projects that promote a safer online community.
34 million monthly active users
22M active groups
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A helping hand for France's next generation of startups
Advancing knowledge of artificial intelligence
Helping organisations reach people in a crisis
Our programmes in France help drive digital transformation and promote a safe community.
At Facebook, we’re committed to helping society benefit from technology. We do this by nurturing the growth of startups and SMEs, unlocking digital opportunities for NGOs, and investing in the research community.
We’re committed to promoting a safe platform that counters hateful content, raises awareness on important issues, and supports positive and moderate voices. We work with NGOs, policymakers and academic experts to make sure we have the right tools in place to help everyone feel safe on Facebook.
Startup Garage Paris from Facebook is a programme designed to empower innovative startups in France. We provide access to expertise and mentoring as well as dedicated working space within Station F, a startup campus in Paris's 13th arrondissement.
With Startup Garage, we are committed to supporting the next generation of startup success stories.
Organisations responding to natural disasters often face a critical gap in information. Our disaster maps use de-identified Facebook data to pinpoint which neighbourhoods are most in need of assistance.
We work closely with UNICEF, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and the World Food Programme to get important information into the hands of relief organisations.
We've invested in a European AI research centre in Paris, known as Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR). FAIR carries out research into a range of exciting AI topics, including automatic language processing, image recognition and AI infrastructures.
By choosing Paris, we're supporting scientific research institutions like Inria and opening up opportunities for students and academics.
We're proud to have launched our Forum des TPE-PME (VSE/SME Forum) in France.
The Forum, which meets twice a year, brings together small businesses to help them identify ways to grow, reach new customers, strengthen relationships with the customers they already have and recruit new team members.
Following the 2017 presidential election in France, we partnered with non-profit enterprise MySociety to launch a new initiative that helped communities find their newly elected political representatives. The tool served people recommendations of the Facebook pages of local politicians, helping them to follow updates from their Mayor, Member of Parliament, Regional President, Prime Minister and other elected officials.
The Internet is an increasingly visual experience, but enjoying some content can be a real challenge for people with impaired vision.
We wanted to find an AI-driven solution and make visual media more accessible for everyone. Our new feature, 'Automatic Alternative Text', generates audio descriptions of photos so that everyone can enjoy them.
Developer Circles is a programme designed to create locally organised communities for developers. These communities provide a forum for discussion and knowledge, sharing topics that are top-of-mind for developers.
Recognising Facebook’s own roots in the developer community, our Developer Circles are aimed at equipping local developers with world-class skills.
As part of our ‘Hack for Good’ contest supporting S.O.S Amitié – a federation of French charities – Facebook will promote a series of mobile videos by the creative agency winner, Buzzman.
The campaign, called #APremièreVueFacebook, supports SOS Amitié's mission of using communication to provide support to people in emotional distress or at risk of suicide.
Our Design Jams bring together experts including regulators and behavioural scientists for a series of workshops focused on design thinking. The aim is to work together to develop new data features that people will find valuable in their everyday lives.
At the Paris Jam in December 2017, we worked with startups at Station F to create innovative designs that give people transparency about how their data is used.
Our Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) team in Paris are excited to launch a new Masterclass programme, giving the next generation of developers a look into the world of AI and big data.
The initiative features five lectures on machine learning, computer vision, computer speech recognition, natural language processing and recurrent neural networks, as well as two half-day workshops.
Classes are available to students from Ecole 42 and to members of the Facebook Developer Circles programme across EMEA, bringing some of the world's brightest developers to France.
In June 2017, we showcased 50 SMEs that have built businesses on Instagram at our inaugural Instapreneurs fair in Paris. Visitors met the founders of brands including Coucou Suzette, Girls in Paris, Papermint Paris and Wear Lemonade.
The SMEs shared advice on how to grow a dynamic business, while the Instagram team held workshops on creating compelling content.
The Partnership on AI is a collaboration between leading tech companies, including Facebook, which aims to develop best practices for AI and to open a discussion around how this technology can help society.
The partnership supports the research and development of AI technologies, while advocating fairness, inclusivity, transparency, privacy and collaboration between people and AI systems to find reliable new ways of working.§
Our new Community Help tool within Facebook Safety Check enables people to find and offer help – such as food, shelter or transportation – in times of crisis.
When disaster strikes, people can now seek or provide help and send messages to others directly via Safety Check.
Our first Social Good Summit – organised in partnership with Communication Sans Frontières, Harris Interactive, Fonda and the French Association of Fundraisers – brought community organisations and leaders together for a series of panel sessions and workshops in Paris.
The Summit provided a chance for everyone to learn about the diverse initiatives offered by Facebook for NGOs and civic associations.
We believe that when women succeed, economies do better. That’s why we’re committed to bringing She Means Business to communities across the globe.
By partnering with local organisations that specialise in developing business skills, we can equip even more women with the resources and training they need to grow their companies, taking their dreams to the next level.
Crisis Response is a place on Facebook where you can find information about recent crises, use Safety Check to connect with friends and loved ones and offer or find help for people in the affected area. You can also create or donate to fundraising initiatives in support of recovery efforts.
Since 2016, we’ve partnered with the OECD and the World Bank on the Future of Business Survey. This annual temperature test of the global economy helps inform commercial decisions at all levels.
The survey focuses on the environment in which SMEs operate, giving them the timely, relevant insights needed to drive sustainable business growth.
We partner with The Economist's Intelligence Unit on The Inclusive Internet Index – an annual survey providing insights into the availability and affordability of the Internet in 75 countries.
It also explores its relevance and accessibility to people across the globe, giving policymakers an invaluable insight into the state of the digital world.
Facebook's donation tools make it easy for people to support charitable causes that are meaningful to them.
The first associations to participate in our programme include Fondation de France, the Restos du Cœur, UNICEF and Action Against Hunger. People can support these organisations using the 'Make a donation' button on Facebook and Facebook Live, as well as the Facebook Fundraisers Tool.
Boost Your Region brings together local organisations, as well as business and education leaders, to accelerate France's digital economy and promote innovation.
Partnering with regions like Hauts-de-France, Facebook has trained more than 6,800 SMEs in digital skills and highlighted a range of employment opportunities.
People use our platform to speak out against hatred. We believe these efforts against racism, violence and extremism are essential.
That's why we work closely with communities, academic experts and policymakers to support counterspeech initiatives, including P2P: Facebook Global Digital Challenge, Online Civil Courage Initiative, hackathons and NGO training.
We’re pleased to co-host the annual EU Child Safety Summit in partnership with Google.
Over 100 NGOs, policymakers and safety experts from Europe, the Middle East and Asia come together to share information, research products and projects that will help keep people safe when they connect with family and friends online.
Facebook Journalism Project launched in January 2017, to strengthen our engagement with the news industry through increased transparency and collaboration.
The initiative consists of three pillars: development of news products, improved training for journalists and helpful tools for everyone, such as News Literacy working sessions and the News Integrity Initiative.
"Facebook allows me to be fully in touch with my customers and to change the way people see plumbers and the industry in general" – Elian Alluin, owner of Cyclo Plombier, Paris.
"The opening of Facebook's research laboratory is excellent news for the French scientific community" – François Sillion, Inria Science.
"Being able to activate the UNICEF community is excellent news” – Hubert Chaminade, UNICEF France.
Our Facebook France office is located next to the Grands Boulevards in Paris and is made up of nearly 100 people. Together, we work across topics as diverse as research into AI, marketing, communications, partnerships and public policy.
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