Presidential election: The French vote on digital sovereignty [Press Release of February 15, 2022]

Source: PlayFranceDigital


Faced with the dual rise of telecommuting and the cloud, the protection of professional data is becoming central for companies and administrations. It is also becoming a concern for the French people a few weeks before the presidential elections.

The collective unveils today the exclusive results of an IPSOS survey which reveals :

1. A certain distrust of non-European software

Despite the fact that American software is used every day by companies and administrations, it is distrusted. Nearly half of working people do not trust US software to protect their business data (47% – versus 29% for European software).

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The French were also specifically questioned about collaborative work tools: document sharing, video conferencing, chat. Among those who expressed an opinion on the subject, 30% said they trust French software more than American software, compared to 9% for American software and only 2% for Chinese software.

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2. Massive support for public software purchasing quotas

Nearly 9 out of 10 French people (86%) think that the State, the public sector, and companies based in France should make at least half of their software purchases from European players.
An equivalent proportion (86%) would like the presidential candidates to support this measure.


This proposal to reserve at least 50% of the public purchase to European actors had been proposed by the collective of entrepreneurs in May 2020, at the end of the first containment. The signatories had then alerted the public authorities on the risks that the massive use of telework was bringing on the national sovereignty.
Antoine Duboscq, spokesman for the entrepreneurial collective: “We are very pleased with the results of this study, which shows the interest of the French in digital sovereignty. We call on all the presidential candidates, who say they want to defend digital sovereignty, to commit to a concrete measure, which is supported by all French people.

The survey was conducted by a self-administered online questionnaire from November 4 to 12, 2021, among a sample of 500 public sector workers and 500 private sector workers who work every day or several days a week in an office. Representativeness was ensured by the quota method.

The movement was initially created by Alain Garnier (Jamespot), Pascal Gayat (Les Cas d’OR), Raphael Richard (Néodia), Matthieu Hug (Tilkal), Antoine Duboscq (Wimi) and supported by 275 signatories on April 09, 2020. This initiative was joined by Luc Bretones and his IT50+ Club initiative, whose purpose is to commit the leaders of large companies to source at least 50% of their investments in their new projects from European digital players. To date, 600 signatories make up the Collectif
Antoine Duboscq is president and founder of AdVentures, a start-up studio, and of WIMI, a collaborative work software that equips many public actors (Government Information Service, National Assembly, Ile de France region), large groups (including Sephora, Total) and SMEs. He is also the founder of GEG tech, a genetic engineering company. He has been active in French tech since the early 2000s, when he founded one of the first mobile internet portal.

Translation made with the help of DeepL, a European online translation tool

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