France sits at the heart of European economy and culture, and unsurprisingly boasts one of the most dynamic tech startup scenes on the continent, with the overwhelming focus on Paris. Since the beginning of 2016, French firms have scored USD293.7m in venture funding spread across 23 deals. This put it third overall, behind the UK at USD1.8bn, and Germany's USD791m. European firms raised a total of USD4.5bn since the beginning of the year. Here are seven of the most interesting deals from the year so far.