France

French healthcare software provider Voluntis lands $29M in Series D financing

Suresnes, France-based therapeutic companion software provider Voluntis landed $29 million (€20.75 million) in its Series D financing round led by Bpifrance Large Venture and Vesalius Biocapital to develop its diabetes management program and expand its US operations.

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Bitcoin price drops after China imposes new restrictions

BTC China has halted deposits of local currency from the China Merchants Bank, causing the value of Bitcoin to fall from $500 to below $440, a 10% difference from its value in the past few days.

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French publisher Webedia adds Lebanese digital media firm Diwanee

Paris, France-based digital publishing firm Webedia added Lebanon-based digital media firm Diwanee for an undisclosed amount to help the latter reach out to women in the Middle East.

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French ad firm Adyoulike adds British rival Content Amp for $2.5M

Paris, France-based native advertising company Adyoulike added Windsor, UK-based content and marketing firm Content Amp in a deal valued at $2.5 million to beef up its ad campaigns.

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Apple launches iPhone trade-in program in Germany

Cupertino, US-based smartphone giant Apple launched its iPhone trade-in program in Germany to allow its customers to purchase a new iPhone at a discounted price when they trade in a qualifying old device.

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French ad startup Tapvalue nabs $2.2M for international growth

French cross-device tracking and advertising startup Tapvalue nabbed $2.2 million (€1.6 million) in a venture round led by an unnamed venture capitalist and some angels to support its international growth and product development.

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French startup SIGFOX lands €15M in Series B round to connect the Internet of things

Toulouse, France-based Internet of things (IoT) cellular network operator SIGFOX landed €15 million in its Series B funding round led by IDInvest and BPIFrance to accelerate the international deployment of its network.

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GeoPost to sell Romanian delivery businesses to Speedy for €15.3M

Bulgaria-based courier firm Speedy will acquire the delivery businesses of France-based firm GeoPost in Romania from LA Poste's GeoPost Group and Yurtichi Cargo Servizi AS for €15.3 million.

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Spanish paper firm Saica purchased Turkish paperboard producer OMK

Zaragoza, Spain-based paper and packaging firm Saica purchased Istanbul, Turkey-based paperboard producer OMK for an undisclosed amount to establish its position in the European market.

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Twitter offers SMS alternative after Turkey ban

Twitter is now offering an alternative way of sending Tweets via SMS after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan lambasted social media for linking him to a corruption scandal and blocking the social network in the country.

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American rapper Kanye West buys 10 Burger King outlets for Kim Kardashian

American rap superstar Kanye West is buying 10 Burger King outlets across the UK, France, and Italy for an undisclosed amount as a wedding present for fiancee Kim Kardashian.

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Pollution pushes Paris to ban half of all vehicles except electric and hybrid cars

The alarming levels of pollution in Paris, France have pushed the government to ban half of the city's vehicles except electric and hybrid cars on Monday and Tuesday in an effort to help clear the smog trapped in the city.

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French hotel booking app VeryLast Room bags $2.1M in funding

Marseille, France-based last minute hotel booking mobile app VeryLastRoom bagged $2.1 million in a venture round led by APlusFinance and Extend & Sigma Gestion to fuel its expansion in Europe.

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Canal Plus takes majority interest in YouTube French comedy channel group Studio Bagel

France-based premium pay television channel Canal Plus took a majority interest in YouTube French comedy channel group Studio Bagel for an undisclosed amount to beef up its Over the Top Technology (OTT) business in the country.

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French app Flower Power by Parrot makes plant monitoring easier

Flower Power, a Bluetooth device made by Paris, France-based consumer product developer Parrot, is paired with a mobile app that helps users monitor plant growth to make the gardening chore easier.

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