French president meets tech execs in San Francisco

By GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press Updated at 2014-02-12 19:28:11 +0000


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — French President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND') is meeting with city officials and tech kingpins in San Francisco, and offering his government's support to French entrepreneurs seeking to gain a foothold in Silicon Valley.

Hollande was greeted at San Francisco's City Hall on Wednesday morning by the city's mayor and school children waving French and American flags.

The French leader and members of his cabinet were set to visit with technology executives there, including Google's Eric Schmidt, Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook and Twitter's co-founder Jack Dorsey.

The West Coast swing is part of Hollande's three-day state visit that included a gala dinner with President Barack Obama on Tuesday. It comes just days after a French regulator hit Google with an embarrassing regulatory slap.