Technion Congratulates Emmanuel Macron, French President-Elect
On September 6, 2015, when serving as the French Minister of Economy, Industry, and Digital Affairs, Macron visited Technion. He headed a delegation, which included the French Ambassador
to Israel, the President of the École Polytechnique, and a delegation of industry and high-tech leaders.
During the visit, Technion President Prof. Peretz Lavie awarded Macron a Technion medallion. They toured laboratories; and met with researchers, graduates, and students.
In his remarks, Macron said, “I came here to be inspired and to learn how to promote cooperation between entrepreneurs, engineers, researchers, and investors.” He continued, “In France, there are outstanding researchers and excellent entrepreneurs, but the transition from scientific research to products is often lacking, and this is our bottleneck; we will be happy to learn how to make this transition more successful.”
It turns out that sometimes, the road to the Élysée Palace passes through Technion Israel.