Voila [web search]

Voila was a French web portal owned by France Télécom. It was launched in 1998 and operated until 2014; today it serves as a local search for French cities. Like a typical web portal, it offered mail and chat facilities as well as a web and news search. They used the Echo search engine developed by Christophe Dupont, Michel Bisac and Christophe Ruelle. The engine focused on French websites and also offered a general web search. According to Wikipedia, the search engine was the second largest search engine in France after Yahoo in 1998, indexing 120 million international and 6 million French websites in 1999 and 500 million French websites in 2007.

Language French

Launched 1998
Closed Since 2014 Voila didn't offer a web search engine and works now as local search.

Developer France Télécom

Country of Origin France

1998 - 2014 France Télécom

Topic Universal

Region France

Web Portal
Search Interface / Search API

Used SeEn Echo

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

Wikipedia: »Juillet 1998 : Le moteur Echo devient Voila, alors le deuxième moteur de recherche le plus fréquenté en France derrière Yahoo! ; France Telecom détient désormais 34 % du capital. [...] 1999 : 120 millions de sites Web internationaux sont référencés, dont 6 millions sont français. Wanadoo utilise le moteur Voila. [...] 2007 : 500 millions de sites francophones.« Source


Critical points

Features & Functionality


References & further Publications

Wikipedia (EN): n.a.
Wikipedia (Others):

Other Sources

Largillet, Jean-Pierre (8 décembre, 1999): Echo : la première success story de Sophia URL: (28.09.1998): Internet Search Engine “Voila” URL:

Created: 2013-03-02