European concern over the power and influence of the American search engines is well known. Now Jacques Chirac has announced that one of the new joint projects which the German and French governments will co-operate on, is the creation of a new European search engine.
They’re trying to take a leaf out of Google’s book by thinking ahead – this engine will focus on video and images – not text. Known as “Quaero”, a web site already exists promoting the project (built in Flash naturally).
Some heavyweight names will be backing the development including Thomson, Exelead, L’INA, France Télécom and Deutsche Telekom.