With the largest search engine companies being based in the US, French President Jacques Chirac is proposing the creation of a rival search engine named "Quaero". One inteseting feature that's being planned for, is a translation tool that can translate audio.
"The ambitious project will probably not be available anytime in the near future. Quaero is still in the earliest stages of development, so early that none of the major players have yet ventured a guess as to how much the project might cost. When Quaero does launch, it will have a great deal of catching up to do. Google currently has a tight hold on its position as the world's leading search engine, and it shows no signs of loosening its grip."