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is a Berliner Format
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newspaper. Le Soir
was founded in 1887 by Emile Rossel. It is the most popular Francophone
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newspaper in Belgium, and considered a newspaper of record
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Compared to its centre-right Catholic competitor, La Libre Belgique
La Libre Belgique is a Belgian newspaper in French. In Belgium, it can be roughly seen as an equivalent of Flemish De Standaard. The paper is widely perceived as pro-catholic...
, Le Soir
is seen as liberal and progressist with politically federalist
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The paper gained some notoriety on the internet after it successfully sued Google
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infringement. The case was built on the fact that Google made parts of the newspaper's website available through its search engine and through its Google News
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service, even after the articles in question had been removed from the newspaper's website. A Belgian judge
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ruled that this did not conform to Belgian regulations and ordered Google to remove all "copyright violations" from its websites. Google responded as requested, by removing all links to the Belgian newspaper not only from its googlenews service but also from its search index.