The Telegraph writes:
French president Jacques Chirac yesterday pledged to help fund a new European internet search engine to rival Google and Yahoo as he railed against what he sees as the threat of Anglo-Saxon cultural imperialism. . . .Between the Lines responds:
Mr Chirac's intention is to provide forgivable loans to a Franco-German "multimedia search engine for the internet".
Next, Chirac . . . is going to claim that Google and Yahoo are hiding WMD in their algorithms. Cultural imperialism is a scourge, but creating another multimedia search engine and fomenting a search technology arms race is not a solution.Prior posts:
Aug. 30, 2005 - Chirac Pleas with High Tech Business to Stay in France.
Apr. 3, 2005 - Googlephobia in France.
Update: More at IP Democracy:
French President Jacques Chirac is on a crusade to stamp out Anglo-Saxon cultural imperialism by mounting European competition to Google and Yahoo. I kid you not.Update (Sept. 2): Apparently, Google is listening to the European complaints, as Yahoo! News (AP) reports:
Google Inc. is asking European book publishers to submit non-English material to its Internet-leading search engine — a move that may ease worries about the company's digital library relying too heavily on Anglo-American content. . . .More: Slashdot.
Google hopes to substantially increase the volume of non-English books in its database . . . .
If Google achieves that objective, it could mute European critics who sniped at the company earlier this year for giving a top priority to scanning English-language books.