A great non French article on why French is amazing for AI startups and research (despite the paperwork ie. paying people to do the paperwork).
#1: French engineering school go deep in maths
Nothing new here, French have a long tradition of Mathematics. Too bad that Mrs. Nobel was caught with a mathematician otherwise the stats might have shown it : )
# 2: Public laboratories
As a result, the ecosystem is full of amazing mathematicians fond of advancing their fields and accepting intellectual challenges over big pay at FB and others.
#3: Passionate Engineers that want to stay
Despite of the big bucks offered by other companies, your engineers feel part of the adventure and actually will rather stay to see the company grow. Retention is amazing!