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Perhaps now that Groupon is happily being valued at $4.75 billion, investors all over the world are getting all the more interested in the local group daily deal platforms. Brand new Moroccan clone MyDeal is rumored to be raising a round and France’s Dealissime closed its first round of funding back in July. And now another French Groupon clone, Bon-Privé, is announcing that it has raised €1.5 million.

This is the first round of funding for the French startup founded back in February 2010. In-line with most of the Groupon clones, Bon-Privé offers between 40 and 90% discounts on exclusive offers to bars, restaurants, shows, etc. The site is currently live in 4 French cities – Paris, Toulouse, Nantes and Nice – and is planning to cover 10 French cities by the end of the year, starting with Bordeaux, Lille, Marseille, Lyon and Strasbourg.

Like everywhere else, France counts a fair share of Groupon clones – with some of them specializing in a single product, like how Vinobest specializes in wine offers. And then there are a number of offer comparison sites that should help users find the best deals around. For France, these are sites like OhMyDeal, AllCityBon and Top-Deal.fr. New York-based DealSurf – which is more of a deal aggregator and search engine – is also available in France and should help  users make better sense of all the deals being thrown around.

Also, if anyone out there thinks the Groupon model slightly resembles that of French private sales site, Vente-Privée, you’re not alone. Vente-Privée founder, Jacques-Antoine Granjon, actually flat-out suggested on stage at LeWeb that Groupon was based on his company’s model.

Bon-Privé currently has some 300 businesses that are providing offers to their 150,000 French user-base. Yet, even with their plans to conquer more French territory, Groupon is still in the lead with offers available in roughly 30 French cities. Still, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the deals are any better; personally, I think Groupon risks sending a few too many emails and there isn’t always a lot of variation in the offers provided. But there are still great deals to be had and it will surely suffice until Dealissime (currently in Paris, Marseille and Lyon) or Bon-Privé make it to additional French towns.

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  • Gekko

    Greed 5.0.1

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  • http://www.groupolo.com GROUPOLO

    Follow the money train lol.

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  • Sipho

    Can the Roxanne, please check facts, Groupon itself was a clone of a French site. I’ll let you figure out which on. Clue: Groupon founder even admits as much.

  • Peter

    Groupon clone, Groupon clone, Groupon clone. Can we please add this phrase to the TechCrunch swear jar?

    • tonyd

      There should be ten thousand groupon clones: near zero barriers to entry and a huge valuation. If you are a programmer you are never unemployed, you are just working on a groupon clone.

  • http://www.sitebyjames.com/ james

    I don’t get it, the yellow pages has had coupons for years…

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  • http://grouponclone.contussupport.com/ groupon clone

    Its not different from other countries using groupon clone. when you people make some profits only at the same time groupon can make its way into a heavily marketed integration with Google Places.

  • http://grouponclone.contussupport.com/ groupon clone

    Its not different from other countries using groupon clone. when you people make some profits only at the same time groupon can make its way into a heavily marketed integration with Google Places.

  • http://www.ecocommongolia.com/2011/05/groupon-clone-script.html Tintinjerry

    Groupon has really triggered a ton of clones around the world , and every Groupon clone seems to make its profit . The market seems to be still huge

  • http://www.ecocommongolia.com/2011/05/groupon-clone-script.html Groupon clone

    Groupon is not a scalable model . So there is scope for many clones to raise all over and make money

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