France has been a leading adopter of FLOSS for years. France was the home of Mandrake GNU/Linux. The French government has used FLOSS itself and distributed FLOSS to students. They’ve even promoted FLOSS in the colonies. All that was just cultivating the radical shifts we see now. Just as in many other countries, GNU/Linux is on a webstat roll.“forget the endless rows of high-definition televisions, Android tablets, and shiny automobiles that can access Facebook. If you want a glimpse at the future, pay attention to the absurd yet magical gizmos coming out of France. Here in Las Vegas, at least, its technology minds are simply belting the competition.”
See France Is Absolutely Crushing It at CES.
See also, the French government boasting about the French tech sector.
According to StatCounter, in France, GNU/Linux has overtaken Vista and “8” and moved up about the same distance as MacOS, so much so that both “8.1” and “7” declined in the last week.
See Top 7 Desktop OSs in France from 1 Jan to 2 Apr 2015.
I guess the bottom line is that it pays to have salesmen and fans. GNU/Linux has both in France.