French minister links own-built coronavirus app to nuclear deterrent
The lower house of the French parliament paved the way for the launch of the government's independently-developed contact tracing app. The minister in charge, technology minister Cedric O, praised the app, developed by companies such as Orange and Dassault Systemes, as a French project "with the excellence but also the panache and some would say the stubbornness which characterises our country". O added that although 22 other countries have opted to use the Google/Apple platform, it was not a coincidence that France and Britain, the only two European countries with their own nuclear deterrent, had developed their own.
Writer: Michel Rose