Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) has opened a research and development office in France. Chairman eric Schmidt was in Paris to inaugurate the 10,000 square meter office in a refurbished 19th century Second Empire building near the St. Lazare Train Station. This will be the primary office for Southern Europe, Middle East, and Africa operations.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy was also at the inauguration. Sarkozy also launched the Elysee Palace’s YouTube channel. The President also participated in a Google+ Hangout and took questions from French-speaking Google employees.