Our impact in France

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.

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Nurturing Communities

22M active groups

Connecting People

2M friendships created every day

Supporting Businesses

1M SMEs on Facebook

Facebook data, January 2018
Startup Garage Paris

Startup Garage Paris

A helping hand for France's next generation of startups

FAIR in Paris

FAIR in Paris

Advancing knowledge of artificial intelligence

Disaster Response

Disaster Response

Helping organisations reach people in a crisis


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  • Driving digital transformation
  • Promoting a safe community

All programmes in France

Our programmes in France help drive digital transformation and promote a safe community.

Driving digital transformation in France

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.

Promoting a safe community in France

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.

Championing startup success
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Startup Garage Paris from Facebook

startup success

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.


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Disaster Response

Supporting neighbourhoods in crisis

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.


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FAIR in Paris

Supporting France’s scientific community

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.


Finding new opportunities for SMEs
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Forum des TPE-PME

Finding new opportunities for SMEs

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.


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P&G tools: Perspective

Connecting communities and politicians

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.


Photos that talk to the visually impaired
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AI for inclusion

Photos that talk to the visually impaired

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.


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Developer Circles

Coding and collaboration

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.


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Hack for Good: SOS Amitié

Creativity driving awareness

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.

Designing data transparency
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Design Jam

Designing data transparency

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.


Advancements in AI
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AI Masterclass

Advancements in AI

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.

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Dynamic digital businesses

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.

Ethics and innovation in AI
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Partnership on AI

Ethics and innovation in AI

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.



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Community Help

Facilitating aid in times of need

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.


Connecting with community organisations
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Social Good Summit

Connecting with community organisations

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.

Empowering female entrepreneurs
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She Means Business

Empowering female

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.


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Safety Check

Supporting people in a crisis

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.


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Future of Business Survey

Insights that help business grow

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.


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Inclusive Internet Index

Bridging digital divides

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.


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Charitable donation tools

Supporting causes important to you

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.


Expanding the skills of SMEs
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Boost Your Region

Expanding the skills
of SMEs

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.


OCCI reached 15 million people online
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OCCI reached 15 million
people online

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.

ISD Global, 2017


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Safety Summit for Safer Internet Day

Making the digital world
safer for children

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.

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Publisher Programmes & News Literacy

Training and transparency for journalism

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.


Helping people connect safely
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Helping people connect safely

We want everyone to feel safe when using Facebook. That’s why we work with external experts, including a Safety Advisory Board, and gather community feedback to develop policies, tools and resources.


Community Stories

FAIR in Paris

Researching AI

"The opening of Facebook's research laboratory is excellent news for the French scientific community" – François Sillion, Inria Science.

Charitable donation tools

Activating UNICEF's community

"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.

Laurent Solly

Laurent Solly

VP, Southern Europe
Delphine Reyre

Delphine Reyre

Public Policy Director,
DACH and Southern Europe
Michelle Gilbert

Michelle Gilbert

Communications Director,
France and Southern Europe

6 rue menars, 75002 Paris

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