April 30, 2020 / 10:32 AM / a month ago

France's contact-tracing app should be ready by end of May-Orange

FILE PHOTO: Stephane Richard, chief executive officer of Orange, delivers his keynote speech on 5G at the Orange Business Summit in Paris, France, April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

PARIS (Reuters) - Orange (ORAN.PA) is in intense discussions with Apple (AAPL.O) over developing France’s smartphone app for tracing people who are at risk of coronavirus infection, CEO Stephane Richard said on Thursday.

“There are meetings almost every day. It’s not a done deal yet (...) but we have a discussion dynamic with Apple that is not bad”, Richard added.

Mari-Noelle Jego-Laveissiere, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer of France’s biggest telecom operator, said that the app should be ready by the end of May.

(Story corrects first name of Mari-Noelle Jego-Laveissiere in paragraph 3)

Reporting by Sarah White; Writing by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Gareth Jones

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