The word “entrepeneur” is derived from the French word and originally from the Old French word entreprendre, someone who undertakes something. It was originally used in the sense of a theatrical manager, presumably because many of them in England were French, and it’s one of the many words used in the theater that have made their way into common usage.
Apparently, France is providing a hostile environment for its own homegrown entrepeneurs and they’re leaving for more welcoming places:
France has been losing talented citizens to other countries for decades, but the current exodus of entrepreneurs and young people is happening at a moment when France can ill afford it. The nation has had low-to-stagnant economic growth for the last five years and a generally climbing unemployment rate — now about 11 percent — and analysts warn that it risks sliding into economic sclerosis.
Some wealthy businesspeople have also been packing their bags. While entrepreneurs fret about the difficulties of getting a business off the ground, those who have succeeded in doing so say that society stigmatizes financial success. The election of President François Hollande, a member of the Socialist Party who once declared, “I don’t like the rich,” did little to contradict that impression.
After denying that there was a problem, Mr. Hollande is suddenly shifting gears. Since the beginning of the year, he has taken to the podium under the gilded eaves of the Élysée Palace several times with significant proposals to make France more alluring for entrepreneurs and business, while seeking to preserve the nation’s model of social protection.
Historically, the U. S. has been a prime destination for foreign entrepeneurs. Due to our extremely robust system of intellectual property law, if your business depends on intellectual property, you still may come to the United States. In more recent years that has declined somewhat. We’re competing with other places, especially Hong Kong and Singapore. Even more recently New Zealand has attracted the attention of new entrepeneurs.
If we don’t want them, they’ll go somewhere else.