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French National Quantum Update: July 2023

French National Quantum Update
French National Quantum Update

Executive Summary

Now moving into the second half of 2023, we expect the pace of quantum to quicken – both in terms of financial backing, as well as research efforts. July saw the first hint of that sprint for the French quantum ecosystem. To spotlight a few examples: Quobly, which was formerly named Siquance, earned €19 Million in funding from its investors. Quobly’s roadmap includes a fault-tolerant quantum processor. On the research front, Alice & Bob published two important papers on its cat qubit design. Below we spotlight just some of the important pieces of news from France’s quantum ecosystem.


Podcast with Neil Abroug, Head of the French Quantum Strategy


Neil Abroug, head of the French Quantum Strategy, is interviewed on a podcast by Yuval Boger. Neil and Yuval discuss the focus on this national strategy, how it differs from other European programs, how US companies can participate in the ecosystem, his view of workforce development, and much more. 


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Horizon 2047’ Outlines Cooperation Between France and India on Technology, Including Quantum Tech


Based on the Indo-French Road map on Cyber security and Digital Technology adopted in 2019, India and France are pursuing an ambitious bilateral cooperation on advanced digital technologies, particularly in the fields of supercomputing, cloud computing, Artificial Intelligence and quantum technologies, including in the framework of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPIA). They will also strengthen their cooperation on R&D, innovation and the industrial applications of critical digital technologies while also focusing on the deployment of these technologies to address issues related to climate change and health.



Quobly Secures €19 Million in Funding to Propel Development of Fault-Tolerant Quantum Computer


Quobly, formerly known as Siquance, a company developing a fault-tolerant quantum computing processor, announces the closing of its first fundraising round amounting to 19 million euros.


Eviden, Alice & Bob Partner to Make Cat Qubit Technology Accessible


Eviden, an Atos business, and Alice & Bob announced a partnership to make Alice & Bob patented cat qubit technology accessible to end users in QaptivaTM, Eviden’s quantum application development platform.


European High-Performance Joint Undertaking Names France As One of Its New Quantum Computer Hosts


Quantum research has become a global effort, with the United States leading and China close behind. In Europe, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Sweden are making sizable investments in quantum research. The European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) has also announced hosting agreements for six new European quantum computers in Italy, Poland, Spain, France, Germany and the Czech Republic.


Pasqal Makes Sifted’s Startup List


French quantum computing company Pasqal was named to Sifted’s list of fastest growing French startups.



Application of Quantum Machine Learning Using Quantum Kernel Algorithms on Multiclass Neuron M-type Classification

A French-led team of researchers examined the influence of feature engineering on classification accuracy and found that quantum kernel methods achieved similar performance to classical methods, with certain advantages observed in various configurations.


Quantum Computing Startup Unveils ‘Cat Qubit’ Design Advances

French quantum computing startup Alice & Bob has announced the results of research that demonstrates design advances for its superconducting “cat qubit”.

Recent Paper Claims Quantum Radar that Performs 20% Better than a Classical Radar

A team of researchers from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, CNRS, recently introduced a pioneering quantum radar that exhibits unparalleled performance, outshining all existing radars based on classical principles. Their breakthrough was featured in a paper published in Nature Physics, presenting a radar that simultaneously measures entangled probe and idler microwave photon states, ingeniously merging with thermal noise.


Education and Events

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Quantum but Were Afraid to Ask

This conference provided a comprehensive understanding of the fascinating world of quantum science and technology and comprised insights into the promising applications and the immense potential for quantum technologies to shape the future of our society.


France Quantum 2023 Replays Available

France Quantum 2023 was a big success. Now, the organization has made replays of the event’s speakers and sessions available. The replays will help attendees relive the conference and focus on information they may have missed.

If you found this article to be informative, you can explore more current quantum news here, exclusives, interviews, and podcasts.

Matt Swayne

With a several-decades long background in journalism and communications, Matt Swayne has worked as a science communicator for an R1 university for more than 12 years, specializing in translating high tech and deep tech for the general audience. He has served as a writer, editor and analyst at The Quantum Insider since its inception. In addition to his service as a science communicator, Matt also develops courses to improve the media and communications skills of scientists and has taught courses. [email protected]

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