October 1, 2014 8:49 PM UTC

Bitcoin France Joins Bitcoin Foundation as Newest Chapter Affiliate

Bitcoin France has joined the Bitcoin Foundation as its newest international chapter. The Bitcoin Foundation also has chapters in Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Mexico, The Netherlands, Romania, and Slovenia. The Association Bitcoin France is headed by Philippe Rodriguez, the President of Bitcoin France. France has been one of Europe’s Bitcoin hubs for years now. Paris is even home to a Bitcoin embassy and Bitcoin startup incubator known as la Maison du BTC.

Executive Director of the Bitcoin Foundation, Jon Matonis, had this to say about Bitcoin and France:

France is a country where liberty ranks high as a top value, making the country fertile ground for innovative services and companies using the Bitcoin protocol.

Philippe Rodriguez also explained the new partnership:

We are delighted to join forces with the Bitcoin Foundation to promote the Bitcoin protocol and educate policy-makers in France. We deeply believe that bitcoin has the potential to disrupt not only part of the financial system as we know it, but, down the road, other markets where trust in a central organization is the current status quo,


France is a natural progression for the Bitcoin Foundation’s continued expansion. Currently, according to Bitnodes, France currently has the 4th largest number of active Bitcoin nodes. France is only surpassed by the United States, the United Kingdom, and neighboring Germany. France’s government has previously had a positive attitude towards Bitcoin. France’s Minister of Finance, Michael Spain, has previously stated:

We believe that France should let people try, invest and develop business with bitcoin before we tax it. [The regulation will be] halfway between the strictest regulations [from] China, Japan or Russia or the lightest regulations adopted by countries such as the United States, Canada or Israel.

The Bitcoin Foundation, one of the many Bitcoin-focused non profit organizations, is undoubtedly the most international facing. Despite controversies in the past, each incremental step taken by Bitcoin-focused organizations helps the Bitcoin ecosystem as a whole. France and Bitcoin have a bright future together.

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Caleb Chen @bitxbitxbitcoin

Caleb is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he studied Economics, East Asian Studies, and Mathematics. He is currently pursuing his MSc in Digital Currency at the University of Nicosia.

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