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Google - The French Disconnection

10:14 pm on Feb 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Reuters [story.news.yahoo.com].

France's national library has raised a "war cry" over plans by Google to put books from some of the world's great libraries on the Internet and wants to ensure the project does not lead a domination of American ideas.

Jean-Noel Jeanneney, who heads France's national library and is a noted historian, says Google's choice of works is likely to favor Anglo-Saxon ideas and the English language.

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BTW "Easy jet" who had an office in Cannes where I lived at one time were forced to close the office they had for you to pick up your tickets after booking online ..

This closure was done after intense pressure from Air France who did not want french citizens to have access to discount airline tickets at only 20% of the Air France price for the same journey ..this was done immediately following Easy jet putting up a French language version of their site and putting up French language advertising panels ( 9' by 12' )in the south of France in particular on "la promenade des anglais" the main seafront road in Nice..also between Cannes and St Laurent du Var..Antibes etc ..

The Nice Matin carried the story at great length..and detail ..

You can try from outside France to "tap into" the French customers ..but if you are too successfull or "they" think you may be ..ways may be sought to keep "their customers" for "them"..

The German market is not subject to this kind of interference ..BTW I watch more German TV than I do English or French ..lots of the Ads are in English ..doesn't seem to make the Germans annoyed ..and they must understand whats said in order for the ads to work ..

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