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A new view of France – Geoportail

The French continue to strive to loosen any reliance on foreign influences – especially where the internet is concerned. Hence President Chirac’s pursuance of an alternative European-centred search engine to rival Google called “QUAERO”. Now there is an alternative to Google Earth’s satellite images of France, supported by the French equivalent of the Ordnance Survey – IGN.
Although the images may take a little time to fully resolve, the detail level is impressive (although some of the images are a little out of date.) You can search on commune, departement etc.
Despite some reports of the site having been overwhelmed when initially launched, it now seems to be working well – have a look at for a view of Cahors on the Lot River (46 Lot, Midi-Pyrenees)

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