>> Emmanuel Macron storming to victory at France's presidential elections, this time last year. Then, one of his biggest aims was to promote France as a hub for startups. One year on, has he managed to breathe life into entrepreneurship? Barely a month after Macron was elected this place opened, Station F.
It's the world's largest startup incubator and attracted a high tech bars around Paris. The ambitious aim for this former train depot is to have 10,000 startups pass through in just five years.>> We've seen a a lot of international funds, international entrepreneurs. People are starting to get more interested to come back to France to create their business.
>> Station F's director Roxanne Varza says that whilst the start-up scene certainly didn't begin with Macron, he has raised its profile.>> I think finally he's been able to really communicate a message of actually, there is a lot going on here, there's a lot of opportunity,>> And the government wants to help, and make things easier.
And I think really his message and his persona also his personal story kind of communicates to an entrepreneur.>>
> If there's one industry Macron is tying his political fortunes to, it's technology.
He wants France to be a world leader in artificial intelligence and deep tech. Some of the world's biggest tech firms have already announced plans to invest with that goal in mind. France is still behind Britain and Germany in how much money startups can raise. And all of those is still a fraction of the United States, but the hope is that change will pay off and Station F will one day be as recognizable as the Eiffel Tower.