Wednesday, February 12
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — France's president is in the heart of tech country for meetings with Silicon Valley and government leaders.
The visit comes just days after a French regulator hit Google with an embarrassing regulatory slap and after years of efforts to wrest more taxes from tech firms.
President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND') was greeted Wednesday at San Francisco City Hall by Mayor Ed Lee, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, as school children waved French and American flags on the stairway of the rotunda.
Later in the day, Hollande and members of his cabinet had lunch at a French restaurant with Google, Facebook and Twitter executives.
Most of the luncheon was closed to the media, and no announcements were made about the discussions.