January 8, 2016 8:44 am

French economic minister meets with tech CEOs in Silicon Valley

Apple employees arrive to work at Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, California.

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SAN FRANCISCO – France’s economy minister is in northern California to talk up French tech to U.S. investors.

Emmanuel Macron is an unabashed admirer of tech innovation. His focus on making France more competitive has made him a controversial figure in a country known for its stringent worker protections.

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He just visited the annual gadget extravaganza formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. He will spend Friday and Saturday in Silicon Valley and San Francisco for meetings with entrepreneurs and investors.

On his agenda are meetings with Apple chief executive Tim Cook and Google X division head Astro Teller.

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