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French AI clusters up and running with €360m to play with

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Recruitment at artificial intelligence centres of excellence “has to happen very quickly”, Macron says

The French government has allocated €360 million over the next five years to help nine ‘artificial intelligence clusters’ become national training facilities and research centres of excellence.

The AI Clusters scheme was announced in June 2023 as a central plank in France’s AI strategy, which has been allocated €2.2 billion for 2023 to 2028. It follows on from the previous 3IA scheme, which resulted in the launch of four interdisciplinary AI institutes in 2019.

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