French citizen receives first biometric passport, thanks to a system designed by SAFRAN and Atos Origin for ANTS*

Paris, November 4, 2008

The first biometric passport was delivered to a French citizen on October 31 at the city hall in Chantilly (near Paris) by Michèle Alliot-Marie, French Minister of the Interior. Eric Woerth, French Minister of the Budget and mayor of Chantilly, was also present for the event.

A European law passed in 2006 stipulates that all passports issued starting in June 2009 must include the bearer's fingerprint and a photo, directly and securely entered in compliance with international standards.

SAFRAN subsidiary Sagem Sécurité developed the secure data collection and passport delivery station, which it is delivering to city halls in France, as well as foreign consulates. The Atos Origin group, project prime contractor, is in charge of implementing all passport delivery systems in France. In particular, Atos Origin is in charge of the change management and training of over 13,000 agents.

Commenting on this milestone, SAFRAN CEO Jean-Paul Herteman said: "Just four months after Sagem Sécurité and Atos Origin won the contract for secure electronic documents, we have provided concrete proof of our ability to deliver a very high security solution under tight deadlines to our customer, the French National Agency for Secure Documents (ANTS)."

Philippe Germond, Chairman of Atos Origin, pleased with the success of this first phase said: "As prime contractor for this strategic project, the Atos Origin group is capitalizing on its comprehensive portfolio of skills and capabilities to ensure the successful deployment of this ambitious biometric passport program, based on Sagem Sécurité's advanced technologies."

* French National Agency for Secure Documents


SAFRAN is an international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace Propulsion, Aircraft Equipment, and Defense Security. As of December 31, 2007, it had 63,000 employees in over 30 countries, and annual revenues of 12 billion euros. The SAFRAN Group comprises a number of companies with prestigious brand names, and holds, alone or in partnership, global or European leadership positions in all of its markets. SAFRAN is a public company listed on NYSE Euronext Paris.

Sagem Sécurité is a high-technology company in the SAFRAN Group. One of the world's leading suppliers of identity systems, Sagem Sécurité focuses on applications including personal rights and flow management, in particular based on biometrics, a sector in which it is the world leader, secure terminals and smart cards. Its integrated systems and equipment are deployed worldwide and contribute to the safety and security of transportation, data, people and states. Through the SAFRAN Group, Sagem Sécurité is present on all continents.

Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are EUR 5.8 billion and it employs over 50,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

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