Two French parliamentarians are advocating \u20ac500 million ($570 million) for the development of blockchain in the country. Representatives Jean-Michel Mis and Laure Raudi\u00e8re released a report this week, calling on the government not to be left behind when it came to promotion of blockchain projects. The report looks to integrate the \u20ac500 million beginning with the 2020 budget, and deploying the amount over a three-year period. Mis was reported by Les Echos as saying that 2018 was \u201cyear zero\u201d when it came to popularization of blockchain in France, with 2019 ushering in an ecosystem for this. La Nation reported Mis as predicting that people are soon going to experience blockchain as a part of their everyday lives. Funding in support of blockchain could come, according to Mis, from redeploying credit granted by the French National Research Agency and the Public Investment Bank (BPI France). Mis brushed off concerns that \u20ac500 million was considerably less than the \u20ac1.5 billion ($1.71 billion) announced by President Emmanuel Macron for developing artificial intelligence (AI) by 2022. Mis explained that blockchain was a different matter and relatively new, with less funding needed. Raudi\u00e8re said it would be good for France to take the lead in harnessing the technology, and that consultations with businesses ought to be held. As part of assisting the industry, Mis and Raudi\u00e8re recommended preferential power rates for cryptocurrency miners, to encourage them to set up in the country. Mis said that with France having to compete with large mining markets in China and the U.S., proper conditions have to be established for mining companies in France to be self-sustaining. According to him, this would involve classifying mining as \u201celectro-intensive\u201d and thus eligible for lower electricity fees. He was quoted as saying, \u201cWe need to have our mining farms in France.\u201d While there were already some miners such as BigBlock Datacenter in Nantes, these were considered modest in capacity compared to elsewhere in the world. High power costs have been especially problematic in times when cryptocurrency prices are down, where only the most efficient mining equipment make for a return on investment.