France

EBay launches “collection” function in France

Users in France now have the option to create their own product collections out of 700,000 items posted on EBay.fr, and to view the collections of others. The “collection” function was originally offered in the U.S. as long back as Oct. 2013. The service, which reminds a lot of Pinterest, was launched in France with great fanfare and the participation of celebrities, who presented their own...

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Figaro Classifieds, RegionsJob buy vacancy multiposting start-up Talentplug

Top Vacuum For Pet Hair France’s Figaro Classifieds and RegionsJob each bought a stake in Talentplug, a vacancy multi-posting start-up from Lille, the company said Wednesday in a statement (available here in French). “This deal will allow us to accelerate our growth while maintaining our independence,” said Talentplug, in a release. The company added that while its own team will remain...

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Professional network Viadeo conducts an IPO

Viadeo, number one professional social network in France and China, and second worldwide after LinkedIn announced it plans to start trading its shares on regulated market of Euronext Paris. The introduction in early July was not considered successful as the share price dropped during the first several days of trading way below that of competitors LinkedIn and Xing, from the introductory level of...

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Vivastreet Job partners with French national service Pôle Emploi

Vivastreet entered into a partnership with the French national, state-run job-finding service Pôle Emploi, in order to boost the exposure of its job postings. The specifics of the French e-recruitment market is that the majority of the French prefer Pôle Emploi to private portals, and it remains the largest player on the market albeit challenged by recent innovations by private portals (we...

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Logic-Immo still very popular, says Spir

The vertical real estate remained one of Spir Communication’s best performing businesses in Q1, according to the results report released this week (available in French here). The online real estate business had a turnover of €18.5 million in Q1 FY2014, which was 4.5 percent higher than in Q1 FY2013. While the revenue of the print section continued to drop (5 percent in Q1), the digital...

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Classifieds save the day at Spir Communication

If it wasn’t for online classifieds, French media group Spir Communication would have been in deep trouble today. That much was clear from the financial results for FY2013 released this week. Revenue of it’s printing, distribution and printed publications divisions all dropped year-on-year. Only its classifieds businesses increased their revenue, to avert a minor financial disaster...

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