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You can set up a caching proxy (assuming we're talking about HTTP - and potentially HTTPS if you are okay to set up HTTPS interception) such as Squid to cache the server's responses. Tinkering with the refresh patterns and using non-standard options (such as ignoring Cache-Control headers) may yield even better results at the expense of breaking the HTTP ...
No, it's unlikely that the distance from France to Canada is making any significant difference, or that getting a Canadian VPN would help. If the server is overloaded, then there's nothing that you can do except for doing your download at a quieter time. The server's operators need to upgrade it. The only exception to this would be if the server's external ...
Please, look how many ports are in TIME_WAIT state using the command netstat -patunl| grep TIME | wc -l and change net.ipv4.tcp_tw_reuse to 1.
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