Microsoft’s next big cloud and AI investment is pouring billions of Euros into France – TechRadar

Tech giant Microsoft has declared its intention to invest a massive 4 billion ($4.3 billion) in France as part of the countrys Choose France initiative.

Company VC and President Brad Smith confirmed the news in an exclusive interview with Le Figaro.

Microsoft joins the likes of AWS, which has unveiled plans to invest 1.2 billion ($1.3 billion) into the countrys AI scene, though Redmonds hefty investment represents more than one-quarter of the countrys anticipated 15 billion ($16.3 billion) in investments coinciding with the event.

The majority of the investment will be channeled into the blossoming artificial intelligence sector in the country, with plans to establish a leading data center in Mulhouse, near the countrys eastern border with Germany and Switzerland.

Microsofts multibillion-dollar cash injection will run over the course of three years and will fund infrastructure, training for French citizens and support for the countrys AI startups.

Over the course of the past couple of years, France has secured itself a position as the top choice for many artificial companies and startups thanks to its strong research foundations, government support initiatives and strategic location.

French startup Mistral AI has already been supported by Microsoft, having received a 15 million ($16.2 million) investment as part of a partnership between the two firms.

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The companys sizeable investment, clearly appreciated by the countrys AI and cloud computing sector, isnt without an opposing view, though.

Microsoft is under mounting pressure in France and the EU over its unfair business practices that have led it to snap up a significant share of the market. Frances own cloud companies formed part of a group of firms tackling Redmonds dominance.

Besides this being a routine investment, just like a number of other major companies during the Choose France event, many are speculating whether Microsofts 4 billion sum could be an effort to pacify antitrust regulators.

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