China's Fatri gets foothold in France through Airbus and French parliament connections
Specialising in microchips, an activity that is at the centre of US-Chinese rivalry, China's Fatri is treading carefully as it pursues its push into France.
Founded in September with the blessing of the Agence du Numérique de Défense (AND), industry association Ginum is looking to promote French 'digital sovereignty' and influence the government's strategy. Its launch represents a new chapter in the influence wars surrounding France's sovereign cloud.
The plans of the French domestic intelligence service, the DGSI, to set up a new big data processing platform are not only attracting the defence groups which generally win contracts from the intelligence services. Newer operators from other sectors are also showing interest.
As at home in his brogues on a red carpet in New York's Upper East Side as in steel caps on an oil rig in Iraqi Kurdistan, the Emirati businessman Badr Jafar loves nothing more than singing the praises of his philanthropic endeavours and promoting the Middle-East youth.
Recent clashes between Google security researchers and zero days broker Zerodium highlight diametrically opposed conceptions of the fight against cyber flaws. The tension comes at a time when Zerodium is hoping to boost its cooperation with major Silicon Valley firms.