I remember the Minitel well. I worked for an international company and whenever I visited our Paris office, the people talked very highly of the system. Many businesses were doing almost all of their purchasing on the Minitel, but they could only buy from French companies that were part of the system. Nonetheless, it was an efficient state-of-the-art system long before before the Internet was unleashed on the public.
I am surprised that it survived this long.
"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin