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There's a European alternative to Google Books. Quaero, a Franco-German co-production, takes on the Americans with a new generation of search engine

By Tim King   June 2006

Skimming the French headlines over the past year, anyone would assume that France is a torpedoed ship with only one way to go. Many French people are starting to agree. However, luckily, France is greater than the sum of its politicians. Ideas have always been its strength, and nowadays, harnessed to Europe, they have provided unmatched technical marvels, from the highest viaduct to the largest aeroplane. Current projects are centred on internet technology like Quaero, a French-driven project to develop an internet search engine using images and sound, where the present generation depends on text. Play a sequence of notes…

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