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Google Acquires France
Posted on June 18th, 2007 by E.P. Wintergreen
PARIS, FRANCE—Google, the online search giant, announced today that it acquired the nation of France for $6 billion U.S. Tech analysts speculated earlier in the week that Google was preparing for a big move, possibly for a country in Western Europe. The acquisition gives the tech company greater market share in many key sectors, including cheese, berets, truffles, moody artists, and pastoral scenery.
CEO Eric Schmidt didn’t comment on plans for layoffs, but did suggest a shakeup of France’s key leadership positions. Some analysts have questioned the move, citing concerns over France’s lackluster economic growth and recent inability to produce anything new or interesting.
“Basically they bough a six-billion-dollar museum” said John Finkelstein, a financial analyst with Lehman Brothers. “I don’t see how this deal could pay off, but I’m not betting against Google.”
France’s president, Nicolas Sarkozy was unavailable for comment on a day when many French workers were on strike. It was unclear if the strikers were protesting the acquisition or just striking for the hell of it, a common practice in France.
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