France is the latest nation to gain access to Amazon’s virtual assistant with the introduction of Amazon Echo and Alexa to the European nation.
The Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Spot can now all be pre-ordered via Amazon’s French site. The Echo and Echo Dot will begin shipping on 13 June, while the Echo Spot will follow in July.
“Tens of millions of customers around the world are already using Alexa, and today we’re excited to introduce Alexa to our customers in France,” said Jorrit Van der Meulen, VP of Amazon Devices International. “We’ve built an entirely new experience from the ground up that honours the French language and culture, allowing customers to just ask to get music, weather, news, information, and more—just by asking. And there are already hundreds of skills for French customers from some of the most popular brands in France.”
Upon launch, all three Echo speakers will be available for half price. The Echo Dot will be reduced from €59.99 to €29.99, the Echo from €99.99 to €49.99, and the Echo Spot from €129.99 to €64.99.
Localised skills available to French users will come from the likes of Netatmo, Domino’s, Uber, and more. Meanwhile, Alexa-enabled devices will arrive from brands including Bose, Harman Kardon, Sonos, and others.
France becomes the 10th country to gain access to Alexa, following on from the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, and New Zealand.