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France ranks 12th among EU member states in the Human Capital dimension of the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), with a score of 49.9. The country performs above the EU average in terms of basic and above-basic digital capabilities, but faces challenges in filling ICT specialist vacancies. France also excels in digital content creation.  

While skilled professionals, managers, and technicians demonstrate high computer use and proficiency, blue-collar and low-skilled employees have lower levels of computer use. The note also emphasizes the need for programming skills among IT technicians and engineers. 

State strategies in France include the Strategie du numérique pour l'éducation 2023-2027, which aims to strengthen students' digital skills and accelerate the use of digital tools in education. The national strategy for artificial intelligence focuses on positioning France as a leader in AI and provides funding for research, development, and training initiatives. The France 2030 initiative allocates a significant investment of 54 billion euros to support the transitions of companies, schools, universities, and research organizations. 

Under national initiatives, the French Recovery and Resilience plan focuses on digital transition, investing in critical digital technologies, digitalization of education, and the development of high-speed broadband networks. The digital inclusion initiative aims to increase digital skills by hiring and training 4,000 digital advisers who provide support to the general public.  

Score in DESI Report Human Capital
EU average score: 48.45
France score: 49.9
48.45 EU average score
49.9 Country score
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France ranks 12th in Human Capital out of 27 EU Member States in the 2022 edition of the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), with a score of 49.9.

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