Though TripAdvisor already had a partnership with this “OpenTable of France” company, it has apparently agreed to acquire LaFourchette for about $140 million, according to a report. LaFourchette, which operates in France, Switzerland, and Spain, provides online reservation software, consumer-facing apps, and APIs for third-party developers to help restaurants increase their business and make better use of their data. The company claims to have 12,000 restaurants in its network. Google's acquisition points to its interest in building up its relationship with local businesses, and particularly in the restaurant vertical to compete better against the likes of Yelp. It’s buying Appetas, a site where restaurants can build websites for themselves, integrating services like GrubHub and OpenTable to add extra features like delivery services and reservations. Google says it will shut down the service. “Google shares Appetas’ vision for bringing incredibly simple experiences to merchants that strengthen their business. We’re very excited to use what we’ve learned with Appetas to create something even better at Google,” co-founders Curtis Fonger and Keller Smith write in a note on the company’s blog announcing the news. Get the full stories at TechCrunch and TechCrunch