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French startups want the last laugh at France.fr disaster

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Not to worry, France.fr is still down – not much has changed on that front – but turns out French startups want to join in the fun and be the ones who get the last laugh. Which is perhaps why a couple of French startup guys got together and built the hilarious mock-site France.fr.has-failed.com (everything you need to know is in the URL).

To cut a short story even shorter, Yoocasa co-founder Axel Cateland and some of his team (mainly Alexandre Delivet and Michael Jurena) threw the site together after the picture he sent to Michael Arrington via Twitter was published in TechCrunch on Wednesday. For all the non-French speakers out there, France.fr.has-failed.com is integrated with Twitter and essentially allows users to guess the date that France.fr will go live (if ever) and broadcast it to their Twitter followers. But hey, the site is so freaking straightforward that you don’t need to speak French to connect via twitter and click a date on the calendar.

The homepage also displays the “most popular” predicted launch date, December 21, 2012, which has been selected by 12 people so far.

Ah and not to forget the important point made at the bottom of the site: “France.fr is a catastrophe, but France also has some super startups” – followed by the logos of 5 French startups (including Yoocasa, obviously). Not a bad way to advertise and profit from the French government’s shortcomings!

  • http://allmyapps.com cyprien decouty

    Congrats to yoocasa guys and @superloukmane (allmyapps trainee) :)

  • Marc

    great idea!
    and shame on those who waste taxpayer’s money

  • Loukmane

    It’s me Loukmane ISSA a.k.a @superloukmane ^^

  • http://www.hipervinculo.net Raul Riera

    They just surrendered :)

  • http://www.yakaz.com Aurore

    well done Axel and Alexandre

  • Dan

    France if full of two-bit young business school grads/entrepreneurs whom are all about making a quick buck riding the internet wave that their peers in 1999/2000 were lucky enough to land on.

    No, France is a terrible place for start-ups because the French (or Parisians at least) are close-minded, arrogant, and most imporantly exceedingly cheap.

    The good French leave to London and New York.

    • http://www.ugal.com Jean Moniatte

      Wao, Dan. You must be yourself a real open minded person to write things like that.

    • Tom

      Best WTF post of the day?
      Boy you’re an asshole…

    • http://www.winkio.com Sylvain

      @Dan I’d like to think you’re just kidding…Let’s assume you’re not though. I left to California, then came back: am I still one of the good French or did I regress to a close-minded and arrogant person.

      That France.fr.has-failed.com is a great idea to promote their startups! Wish we had it before them at Winkio.com

    • Jay

      I would like to think that Dan was kidding too.. except he’s not. I’m an American living in Paris for 6 yrs now, so I have a good idea how things work here. Got a bunch of shiny fancy degrees too, with a few nice companies on my resume. Your govt is full of retards. Its no wonder there has been no serious tech innovation coming out of France. Its almost like you all don’t want it too. You make it impossible to do the smallest thing like start a company, and then go and complain about the economy, and la crise. And then when you get competent foreigners who think outside the box (something you all hate btw) You do everything possible to prevent them from actually making a positive benefit. Did you know that you’re penalized for wanting to actually start a company here (you know, something that creates jobs)? Whereas you’re rewarded for taking a job, and getting a CDI. Go figure.. let France.fr stay down.

  • Aleksey Korzun

    Somebody please call CNN! We must let people know there is such an amazing web site that has TWITTER integrated into it and let’s you guess dates!

  • Mark

    My question is, why did no enterprising French person screenscrape that thing, and make a clone of the site, only more stable?

    From the press release, it sounded like it was little more than a linking site anyway (12,000 links to other resources!)

    • http://www.france.fr Jean-Paul

      Dude, it’s summer. Everybody in France who works in an office is on vacation until september.

      • Mark

        Ah, that explains why this site remains offline. They don’t even know!

    • Didier

      “enterprising French person”

      answer your own questions much..?

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  • Pete Austin

    Needs a fail snail.

  • josh

    LOL. Looks like the French govt needs to outsource the work to their own citizen. Guaranteed done for a fraction of the cost.

  • http://www.dlinked.com DLINKED.COM

    What a disaster, that’s why we love http://www.Dlinked.com more

  • Jeez

    Yeah, US people spend their money much more wisely for sure…oops, it’s seems that they spend 110 Billions bucks every year to give money to…prisoners and dead people! This annoys so much Barrack…
    What about giving the money to France ? So they could stop digging their deficit (and pay for a new web site ! :-)

    • Go@tse

      They failed because they chose a green hoster (Seriously if you want to be green : no computer no website no Internet… or just go to Mars) and a weel-known CMS which is Drupal (drop that pal maybe ? ).

      Obviously the 2 previous points are not the cause but the symptoms of some kind of… incompetence we the French have to bear (at least the launch benefited of some kind of free advertising… lol).

      A thing that should be added to Ridley Scott’s movie project on youtube ^^

  • J. Clos

    I agree with the previous post but, seriously, who gives a fuck about France.fr ? (and I say that being a frenchie myself)
    The only people that should really worry is us, frenchies, because that’s our tax money being thrown out of the windows.

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    Great post thanks.

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  • http://fastincomesystems4u.com Vee C

    Great idea !!!

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