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Circle Sets Sights on Europe With French Crypto Registration

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Updated by Geraint Price
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In Brief

  • Circle wants to set up its European headquarters in Paris.
  • It has applied with regulators to become a fully registered Digital Assets Service Provider.
  • The community has criticised the U.S. for its anti-crypto stance.
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Circle, the issuer of stablecoin USDC, has applied for regulatory approval in France and says it wants to establish its European headquarters in Paris.

The crypto-friendly stance of the France government has attracted Circle to set up a European headquarters in the nation. The USDC issuer announced it is seeking approval from the French regulator the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF), to become a Digital Asset Service Provider (DASP).

France Has Ambitions to Become Web3 Hub

Jean-Noël Barrot, Minister Delegate to the Ministry of Finance, said, “We are delighted and honored that Circle chose France as the base for the development of its activities in Europe. This decision fully validates France’s ambitions to become a hub for Web3 technologies, pursued with strong leadership by President Macron and Minister Bruno Le Maire since 2017.”

While Jeremy Allaire, the co-founder of Circle, says, “France’s comprehensive efforts towards innovation-forward crypto regulation are commendable and closely align with Circle’s vision for the future of the digital payments sector.”

U.S. Helping to Build the Future of France?

After Circle gets AMF registration, it will become the first company to have full registration under the DASP regime. 

Once the Markets in Crypto Assets (MiCA) bill comes into action, full registration for crypto companies in France will become mandatory. The draft for the European Union’s MiCA legislation is expected to be released by April 17.

BeInCrypto has reached out to Circle but has yet to hear back.

While the U.S. is in a crypto crackdown mode, France envisions becoming a crypto hub. One Twitter user sarcastically said that the U.S. is helping to build the future of France.

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Harsh Notariya
Harsh Notariya is a journalist at BeInCrypto, who writes about various topics, including decentralized physical infrastructure networks (DePIN), tokenization, crypto airdrops, decentralized finance (DeFi), meme coins, and altcoins. Before joining BeInCrypto, he was a community consultant at Totality Corp, specializing in the metaverse and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Additionally, Harsh was a blockchain content writer and researcher at Financial Funda, where he created educational reports on...
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