French leader Hollande lands in SF for tech talks
France's president arrived Wednesday in the heart of tech country for meetings with Silicon Valley and government leaders, 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 was greeted 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. He later lunched with Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt; Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook; and Twitter chairman and co-founder Jack Dorsey.
French President Francois Hollande and Minister Delegate with responsibility for Small and Medium Enterprises, Innovation, and the Digital Economy Fleur Pellerin, second from right in first row, pose for a photo with business leaders at the restaurant "La Folie" in San Francisco, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014.