NewsGator recently announced a broad European partnership with VNU. The first fruit of their labors went live today – the French VNU / NewsGator RSS reader. Coincidentally, I had breakfast with Dominique Busso who is in charge of this effort for VNU. Not surprisingly, Dominique is friends with Loic Le Muir at Six Apart and has embraced Typepad as part of their infrastructure, including the very clever nanopublishing effort called VNUNet Blogs. While I can’t understand much of the French on the blogs, it’s pretty impressive to see a mainstream publisher like VNU so aggressively embracing RSS, blogging, and nanopublishing.