Qwant, the 100% French search engine


You have probably already heard of DuckDuckGo, the search engine, which makes war on tracking, offers search results while respecting your privacy. But unfortunately it uses Google APIs: your searches and personal data are safe, but the results are the same as if you were using Google with the “home highlights” that we know. So you end up with links sorted by Mountain View.

In the previous articles, we have seen what google knows about you and how to limit its intrusions into your privacy, but why not do without it altogether?

If you are looking for a French alternative to the Google search engine, then Qwant is made for you. Qwant is a French search engine created launched in final version on July 4, 2013 which announces not to trace its users, to guarantee the private life, and which wants to be neutral in the display of the results.

The engine's incursions into your computer are limited to a session cookie allowing you to find your browsing preferences on the next connection, Qwant does not memorize your searches, does not search your history and does not offer you sponsored links or links. salespeople at every search.

The engine lives off the products you buy through it, but it won't bombard you with rotten links every time you use it. What may shock users accustomed to Google's clean interface is the amount of items that appear on the screen during a search. It is certainly possible to clean, but during your first search, you will have images and videos at the top, links on the left, news and Wikipedia in the middle, results from social networks on the right and the all on one page.


Unlike Google, if Qwant thinks the results are irrelevant, it won't show them. Do you often put your nose in page 2 of Google yourself? Neither do I...

In addition to all this, Qwant also offers those who wish to create "notebooks" to customize your interface and add elements by theme. Convenient for classifying results on a particular subject and resuming past research.

Regarding the quality of the results, I was surprised. Whether it is simple, clumsy requests ("How to open a script in Linux") or with inclusions / exclusions, the engine responds without problem.