Géoportail: Google Earth’s French Rival, Or Not


While everyone in France was preparing to watch the World Cup match with France playing against Togo to try to qualify for the next round, Jacques Chirac unveiled a new website called Géoportail offering high-resolution aerial imagery of France and all of the French territories, in an attempt to rival the planetary success of the US pioneer in the field, Google Earth. Despite the gobs of people more concentrated on all things football, there still was a formidable number of users trying to access the service to try it out, but because the system wasn’t prepared to receive all of the traffic once launched, the system crashed.

Boo hoooo!

[via AFP/Yahoo]

June 23rd, 2006 by