I checked out the newly launched French GeoPortail, which made the news at CNN today, and was mentioned on OgleEarth and Anything Geospatial. It is at this point just a 2D map viewer and even that is not working well (at least for me). While my French is pretty rusty, I found a little timeline below the viewer that said that the 3D portion of the project won’t be out until the autumn
Here is the calendar entry from the website:
Visualisez en 3D et accÃƒÂ©dez aux premiÃƒÂ¨res couches d’information de service public;”.
So, it seems that the Google Earth comparison is a little premature. But, if anyone out there has tried the site and found more than what I could access, definitely let us know…