As a software engineer by trade, I can tell you with certainty that the US (and the SF Bay Area) is still the global leader for developing quality software. Yeah, this one isn't made here. Yes, the French have a strong software industry. Doesn't touch ours. Doesn't mean we can't lose it and that someone else can't eat our lunch, but it's not here yet. We've been "outsourcing" software to many markets for decades. Unlike manufacturing, it doesn't stick; it keeps coming back here. I don't fully understand why...the best and brightest around me include folks from every one of those economies. But I think that's actually it: there's a magic that comes with collecting the huge talent in the world into one place and watching it bloom. Even in a virtual world, location and closeness matter.