La Maison du Bitcoin (“Bitcoin House”) will open in the heart of Paris, France on May 13. The center is 220 square meters (2367 sq ft) and seeks to act as a focal point for Bitcoin and crypto meetings and collaboration.
Like its counterparts that have sprung up in other major cities around the globe, such as New York, Tel Aviv and Toronto, it looks to bring together crypto enthusiasts and help advance their cause by providing space for start-up collaboration, hackathons, periodic meetups and other events, expert advice and an established point of visibility for investors and media. It is also reported to have a Bitcoin ATM and will act a host for mining machines.
People can also rent desk space in the center by the day, week or month. Naturally, payment via bitcoins is accepted and encouraged.
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The House is headed by entrepreneurs Eric Larchevêque and Thomas France.
The notion of cryptocurrency has lately become more prevalent in France. It recently asked the EU to look into Bitcoin in a bid to get some form of regulation going. France itself requires Bitcoin entities dealing with euros to get approval from the national authority for payment services.
One of the country’s major supermarket chains, Monoprix, recently started accepting Bitcoin for online shopping. The country is also reportedly home to Bitcoin Central and Paymium, which helps companies accept bitcoins while having euros deposited into their bank accounts.