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France unveils Google Earth rival

     
3:03 pm on Jun 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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A clear view of your favorite French beach or monument is only a click away.

France unveiled a Web site [geoportail.fr...] on Friday that allows people to access detailed satellite images of the country and said it offered more detail of its territory than Google Earth.


France unveils Google Earth rival [us.cnn.com]
9:47 pm on June 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I couldn't get [geoportail.fr...] to open. Anyone able to see it?
10:58 pm on June 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Oui.

I got the front page to open, but got bored waiting for the images; I suspect it's geared to francophones ;)

the menu suggests they have images of many current and ex-colonies, weirdly excluding Algeria and Quebec.

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"... Nous avons enregistré plusieurs millions de connexions en quelques heures. En raison de cette affluence, le site est actuellement saturé..."

I guess it's not only Google that can't plan when one of their service is going to be too successful :)

Trad:

"...We registered many millions of connections in the space of a few hours. Because of this trafic, the website is currently saturated..."