French language version of ReadWriteWeb. The idea was suggested by Romain Péchard, who approached us about translating our articles into French and also writing unique content about the Europe web scene. Romain and his team have basically taken the ball and rolled with it (prendre le ballon et a roulé avec lui), designing and organizing the new site.Parlez-vous français? No neither do I, apart from the smattering of French I learnt at the beginning of high school. But to cater to our friends in Europe, we've just opened a
RWW France will be covering the Web 2.0 Expo Berlin 2008 next week and they have tickets to give away if you're one of our European readers.
The RWW France team is led by Romain Péchard, social media evangelist for Feedback2.0 (a French startup) who started working on blogs and community management in 2004, and has worked in the past for SixApart S.A, Netvibes, and as Web 2.0 expert at a French web agency.
Romain gave us some background on why RWW France was created and what they plan to do with the site, along with profiles of the team:
"ReadWriteWeb France was started with the purpose of providing French people another way to read about the web and learn from it. We intend to make the French version not just a translation of the ReadWriteWeb website, but to add to it the French point of view and market knowledge of web experts who have joined the French team - as well as original content to highlight and analyze what's currently happening in Europe, starting with the Web 2.0 Expo Berlin coverage next week.
The French team includes Fabrice Epelboin, entrepreneur and partner at Aladia (branding & strategic consulting shop) and social web consultant at Kantik.com; Damien Douani, Concept & Business Development Manager at Orange / Innovation department - explocentre; Jeremie Moritz, Business Manager Southern Europe - Metaboli (online content distribution); and Charles Liebert, Digital & Interactiv Marketing Manager at Orange Vallée as an occasional author."
Welcome Romain and team, thanks for translating us into French and we look forward to reading your original content (via Google Translate probably).
p.s. Kudos to eagle-eyed Techcrunch France writer Ouriel Ohayon, who spotted RWW France as soon as it began posting.