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France told to grow ‘quantum Airbus’ to remain competitive

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Lack of large, leading company creates dearth of applied research in the field

France is in danger of falling behind in quantum computing despite a history of excellence in physics, a leading science commentator has said.

The country has been home to a succession of renowned physics researchers, but a lack of flexibility in scientific institutions means France lacks the ability to transform research into business, said Jocelin Morisson, a science journalist. In an interview with online news site Atlantico, he said that while the country has no shortage of physicists doing deep-level basic research and its institutes do valuable work, it has lacked the proper infrastructure for the commercialisation of breakthroughs.

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