Apparently, the French government is planning to sink a couple of Billion euros into a risky new technology called an "internet search engine." (via hit and run)
Germany and France had initially discussed plans to commit â‚¬1 billion
to â‚¬2 billion, or $1.3 billion to $2.6 billion, over five years to
Quaero. The project was to have been paid for by the French and German
governments, with contributions from technology companies like Thomson
and France TÃ©lÃ©com on the west side of the Rhine, and Siemens and
Deutsche Telekom to the east.
In related news, the French government also announced a massive technology development effort to invent some kind of round thing for cars to roll around on.