France vs. Google

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Why do the French hate Google?

First the national French press agency is suing Google:

Agence France Presse is suing Google for $17.5 million for aggregating and extracting headlines and excerpts from AFP stories on its Google News service. Google claims its use of AFP material is protected by fair use laws; AFP denies it.

But also, the head of the National Library turned down Google’s offer to scan their archives, opting for a European alternative instead. [T]he French are alarmed that Google Print may brainwash the world with its English-language views.” Strangely, however, this European alternative just might end up being powered by … Microsoft!

(Some links lifted from here.)

UPDATE: Maybe this is why? More at Der Spiegel.

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