Apple celebrates 40 years in France today and has announced the opening of a new Apple Music Studio in Paris.
Apple posted a French newsroom post in which it highlighted its accomplishments in France over the last 40 years, highlighting its support for artists, designers and developers. Apple CEO Tim Cook stated:
France holds a special place within my heart. This welcoming, vibrant, and deeply creative community of developers and artists inspires me every time I visit. Apple's 40th Anniversary in France is something I am proud to share with the local teams, customers and communities that they serve.
Apple started its French business in 1981 with a small sales team. Today, the company has nearly 500 suppliers and 2,700 employees. Apple also announced that iOS supports nearly 250,000 jobs in France.
Apple and Simplon have partnered to bring you the Apple Foundation Program in France starting in 2019. This program is intended to assist job seekers in learning technology skills and developing apps to improve their employability. The Apple Foundation Program was initially launched in Montreuil. It has since been expanded to Lille and Lyon. Apple had earlier this year announced that the program would be extended to 2023 and the opening of a new site at Toulouse.
The Apple Music studio in Paris, which is the first in Europe, is located on Avenue des Champs-Elysees. It will produce original content similar to Apple Music's other studios Los Angeles, New York and Nashville. T-Miss and Mehdi Maizi will oversee the Apple Music studio in Paris. They are preparing to host French artists, champion French-language music and create new interviews and long-format shows.
Apple TV+ is currently producing original French content. The first episode of "Liaison" was a six-episode thriller.