"One of the great strengths of free software is that it can be
started anywhere--as the origins of the Linux kernel in a Helsinki
bedroom attest. From a European viewpoint, a heartening development
has been a string of open source projects that have started and
flourished this side of the Atlantic, some of them--notably JBoss
and MySQL--turning into highly successful companies that were sold
for significant piles of cash.
"That said, France is not a country many would associate with
free software startups, but that's changing--not least because the
French government is showing itself far more receptive to open
source than its UK counterpart. One of the leading companies of
this new Nouvelle Vague is Nuxeo, which was set up by Stefane
Fermigier, now its CEO..."