The recruits will come from France's top public and private technological institutions.
Since 2013, Facebook has been looking to push the envelope for artificial intelligence. It hired Yann LeCun, a renowned French professor at New York University specialised in "deep learning" algorithms, to run the initiative.

Internet rival Google is also determinedly pursuing AI. Last year it began an AI partnership with Oxford University in Britain. Facebook's AI Group already has research facilities at its Menlo Park headquarters in California, and in New York City.
The new Paris lab will be "the biggest artificial intelligence research facility in France and in continental Europe," LeCun said.