Emmanuel Macron defends 5G against “Amish model”

While the debate is raging around 5G, the head of state clearly chose his camp on Monday and mocked the people who presented the possible health risks in connection with this new technology.

“Yes, France will take 5G”, Emmanuel Macron launched on Monday, September 14, in front of digital companies, joking about those who prefer the “Amish model” and “return to the oil lamp”, the day after the demand for a moratorium from 70 elected representatives from the left and environmental activists.

“France is the land of enlightenment, it is the land of innovation (…) We will turn our backs on all false ideas. Yes, France will turn 5G because it is the turning point for innovation”, the head of state insisted in front of a hundred entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs from “French Tech “gathered in the townhouse in the Elysee.

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He spoke the day after the call for a moratorium on the deployment of 5G by 70 elected officials from the left and environmental activists, including Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Yannick Jadot. The allocation of frequencies for this mobile technology should start at the end of the month in France.

“I hear many voices rising to explain to us that we should address the complexity of contemporary problems by returning to the oil lamp! I do not believe that the Amish model makes it possible to solve the challenges of contemporary ecology,” the head of state spat, referring to this. American religious communities that are hostile to technology and live like the 18th century.

Start reception at the Élysée

In a suit but without a tie, Emmanuel Macron said he was happy to be back in the starting world during the first major event organized at the Elysee Palace since the birth. “We are showing that we can continue to carry out events during the Covid period,” he said, although it will be necessary “to live with the virus, probably for weeks, maybe years.”

He also reminded that the stimulus plan would target 7 billion towards the digital sector, especially for the state’s digital transformation.

The head of state has finally defended a sovereign digital Europe. “On 5G and many other subjects, we should not be dependent on any non-European power,” he insisted, urging in particular to “resume fighting on the cloud.”

During the evening, three companies that have put on particularly notable performances this year will present their activities: the mobile video game publisher Voodoo, which has become a “unicorn” by bringing in its capital the Chinese Tencent, start-up Mirakl (creation of marketplaces) and Innovafeed ( insect proteins).

With AFP