France’s legislature, the National Assembly, is holding a blockchain symposium today. Notably, the day features a closing statement by Emmanuel Macron, France's Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Data.
The event, titled "Blockchain: Disruption and Opportunities", features three panels and is set to host a range of representatives from the French public and private sectors, including France's bitcoin and blockchain community. Startups represented include Paymium, Stratumn and Slock.it, among others.
The aim of the event, according to a Google Translation of its French-language notice, is to educate “parliamentarians, senior officials, business leaders, opinion leaders and teachers” on the subject of blockchain tech.
"It is likely that the blockchain phenomenon [will cause], in the months and years to come, a real upheaval of the Internet economy," the notice states.
The event is free and open to the public. The majority of the event's runtime is comprised of three panels, which explore the basics of the technology; its use-cases and the make-up of the ecosystem surrounding it; and the impact of blockchain technology on the French economy.
France's young Minister of Economy, Macron, previously worked in the banking industry, and was identified earlier this year by The Times in the United Kingdom as a possible candidate to be France's next leader.
Parliamentarians also in attendance, according to the notice, include Jean Launay, Thierry Benoit, André Chassaigne, Corrine Erhel, Jeanine Dubie, Alain LeBeouf and Lionel Tardy. State senators in attendance include Pierre Camani, Patrick Chaize, Jean-Claude Frecon, Bernard Lalande, Philippe Leroy, Hervé Marseille and Bruno Sido.
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