Non à Steve

December 15, 2016 in technology

Paris is set to get a huge innovation campus, Station F, in early-2017 and local municipality – the 13th arrondissement – has had the bright idea of marking the opening of the tech hub with the renaming of surrounding streets after tech celebrities. That means rolling out a rue Jobs and a boulevard Turing.

But mention of the former Apple patriarch has not down well with the Parisian Left. So, while the Communist Party says it welcomes Gallic entrepreneur Xavier Niel’s plans for the Halle Freyssinet train station, Jobs is an untouchable. The party points to Apple’s suppliers in China and their poor working conditions, as well the company’s long-held practice of tax evasion.

Instead, the local communists want to see street signs celebrating mathematician Ada Lovelace.

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