BON-jour! Yelp is now available en Francais. Yelp.fr is the first non-English-language site for the company. The press release also says that “Yelp users everywhere will have the option to view Yelp’s interface in French or English, as well as write and access reviews in these supported languages via a link at the bottom of any business listing.”
The launch of Yelp France underscores the site’s increased effort towards broader availability in Europe. In April 2010, one million unique visitors consulted Yelp UK and Yelp Ireland, with the vast majority of that traffic coming from London. Reaching one million unique visitors after 16 months is an even faster growth rate than Yelp experienced in its first U.S. market of San Francisco and a strong indicator that Yelp is poised to gain the same type of traction in Europe.
Part of the $100 million from Elevation Partners was toward additional international expansion. Germany would be a logical next non-English European country. And in Asia I would imagine Japan would be first.