Orange announced the closure on January 12 of its Voile.fr messaging service, after 17 years of service. On the website, Voilà.fr indicates the procedures to be carried out for users who wish to continue receiving their e-mails, or how to save their old e-mails. The voila.fr portal will remain active.
A guide that was not enough to convince the still active users of the service. A petition has even been launched on Change.org, and signed by more than 5,000 people. “The Association for the Safeguarding of Voila Messaging” asks in particular “to entrust a French company with the management of the @ voila.fr e-mail addresses and thus keep the data of all these Internet users in France”.
The decision reflects, once again, the end of an era: that of the last flagship services and major portals of the late 1990s and early 2000s. Among the French, in addition to Voilà.fr, there were notably the Caramail e-mail service, finally bought by the German GMX in 2009. There was also the Nomade search engine.