National Identity in an Age of Digital Reproduction

From an article in the Financial Times by Ben Hall (Dec 15, 2009):

Sarkozy offers funds to place France’s cultural heritage online

Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday earmarked €750m to digitise France’s cultural heritage and compete with Google’s controversial project to put millions of books online .

The digitisation scheme, which will cover French books, films and museum contents, is part of a €35bn ($51.26bn, £31.52bn) public investment programme intended to raise France’s growth rate by investing in research and technology.

The French president did not mention the US internet giant by name but alluded to it, saying “there was no question of allowing our heritage to leave” adding that it was a question of “national identity”.

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