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France recruits Dassault Systemes, OVH for alternative to U.S. cloud firms

PARIS (Reuters) – France has enlisted tech companies Dassault Systemes and OVH to come up with plans to break the dominance of U.S. companies in cloud computing, its finance minister said on Thursday.

Paris is eager to build up a capacity to store sensitive data in France amid concerns the U.S. government can obtain data kept on the servers of U.S. companies such as Amazon and Microsoft.

“We have asked Dassault Systemes and OVH as well to work on this and we will have the first results in December 2019,” Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told a conference at French online ad company Criteo.

“Based on these results, we want to build a trustworthy cloud to store our companies’ most sensitive data,” he said, adding the project would be done at the Franco-German level at first and possibly at the European level later.

Dassault Systemes is a French software company and OVH is a privately held French cloud computing company…

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