Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt today in inaugurated new French headquarters in Paris. The new 10,000-square meter office which is located in a refurbished 19th century Second Empire building near the St. Lazare Train Station, will be the “headquarters not just for France, but our entire Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa operations,” blogged Anne-Gabrielle Dauba Pantanacce, Head of Communications, France.
“Our new Paris headquarters is emblematic of our commitment to one of Europe’s fastest-growing Internet economies. According to a recent McKinsey study that we helped sponsor, the web contributed to 3.2 percent of the French GDP in 2009 and created more than 700,000 jobs during the past 15 years. Between now and 2015, McKinsey estimates that the digital contribution will grow to 5.5 percent of GDP, and 450,000 additional jobs will be created. In order to help accelerate the French digital engine, we’ve launched a Startup Caf