Amazon’s investment encompasses the expansion of AWS cloud infrastructure in the Paris area to facilitate France’s generative AI opportunity, logistics infrastructure in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes to bolster delivery speeds and enhance sustainable deliveries for customers

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Microsoft and Amazon to invest in France to bolster AI and cloud technologies in the country. (Credit: Microsoft)

American technology majors Microsoft and Amazon plan to make investments in France to bolster artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud technologies in the country.

Both companies announced their initiatives separately as part of the Choose France Summit.

Microsoft intends to commit €4bn in cloud and AI infrastructure, AI skilling, and French tech acceleration. The move is expected to train one million people as well as support 2,500 AI startups by 2027.

The company’s investment package will expedite the adoption of AI and cloud technologies, enhance France’s competitiveness by promoting domestically built digital technology and generate long-term benefits for the French economy and job market.

Through the commitment, Microsoft is also actively supporting France’s National Strategy for AI and aligning with the recent recommendations of the French Commission for Artificial Intelligence.

Besides, Microsoft will bring up to 25,000 of the most advanced graphic processing units (GPUs) to the country by the end of 2025.

Microsoft also seeks to expand its data centre footprint across existing sites in Paris and Marseille regions and invest in planning a new data centre campus in the Grand Est Region, in Mulhouse Alsace Agglomération.

Microsoft vice chair and president Brad Smith said: “This major investment demonstrates a steadfast commitment to supporting digital innovation and economic growth in France.

“We are building state-of-the-art Cloud and AI infrastructure, training people with AI skills, and supporting French startups as they use our technology with confidence to grow in a fair and responsible way.”

Amazon plans to invest over €1.2bn into its French operations. It includes the expansion of Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud infrastructure in the Paris area to facilitate France’s generative AI opportunity.

The commitment also encompasses logistics infrastructure in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes to bolster delivery speeds and enhance sustainable deliveries for customers.

Amazon also aims to create more than 3,000 permanent jobs in the country through the investment.

Amazon France country manager Frédéric Duval said: “This new investment of more than €1.2 billion will create more than 3,000 jobs and increase our footprint in France, where we have been the largest net creator of jobs since 2010.

“These jobs are in addition to the 2,000 jobs we announced for 2024. The expansion of our logistics network supports local economic development, creates quality jobs and allows us to reduce the carbon footprint of our deliveries while improving the overall customer experience.”