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PARIS -- MySpace officially launched its French site Thursday after months of running a beta site in the territory.

More than 650,000 user profiles already have been created, according to MySpace France. The launch marks MySpace's second live international site after the U.K.'s version, which the company claims drew 6.9 million users in November.

The site will compete with Gallic rival Skyblog, whose 7 million site visitors from France in November trumped the 1.3 million drawn to the beta version of MySpace's site, according to Internet traffic measuring service ComScore Media Metrix.

However, MySpace continues to dominate the global market, with 82.6 million hits internationally in November, compared to 13.2 million for Skyblog.

The French site launch is part of the networking giant's expansive push into Europe via local sites. German, Italian, Australian and Irish sites are currently running in beta mode and a Japanese site is in the beginning stages.

Created in 2003 and launched in the U.S. in 2004, MySpace was bought by media giant News Corp. for $580 million in 2005 and now boasts more than 130 million profiles and more than 80 million site visitors per month.

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