Google has announced that it has launched Google Video in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, the UK and Canada.

The site which was launched in the US at the beginning of the year, is the search engine's answer to iTunes and YouTube.

Users visiting each new Google Video site will see a home page in their own language featuring content from their native country, while still being able to search through Google's international index.

Joanna Shields, European Director of Partnerships, said:

"The rise of online video is making it easier for people to express themselves. By launching Google Video in these new markets we will enable more people in more countries to search for, upload and share video content in more languages. We're excited to work with our content providers and advertisers around the world to help them use Google Video to reach a wider global audience".

Google also said that it is currently building a network of media partners across Europe who will be uploading their content over the coming months.