Dante Disparate (Circle): "France is increasingly seen as a leader in crypto"
The American giant Circle, which issues the stablecoin dollar USDC, announced this week that it would be setting up its European headquarters in Paris. We spoke to its head of strategy, Dante Disparate, to find out why.
You have just announced that Circle will be setting up its European headquarters in Paris. Why Paris and not another European city?
For us, there were several reasons for setting up in Paris. Firstly, there is the ecosystem, which is very dynamic both in crypto, but also in financial services in the broadest sense.
The political will and discourse displayed also played a role. As you know, all the French authorities, right up to the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron, are very mobilised, and this is an essential point for a company like Circle.
Has there been a direct meeting with Emmanuel Macron or with the Minister of Finance; Bruno Le Maire?
No, not yet, but we are in contact with them. We'll have a strong presence in France over the next few months, and I think we'll have the opportunity to see them at one or more events.
In any case, maybe in France you don't see it that way, but from abroad, France is increasingly seen as a leader in crypto, both in Europe, and even globally.