France falls under Internet censorship

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The French parliament has buckled under pressure and approved the Sarkozy government's authoritarian plans to censor the Internet. [...] Jérémie Zimmermann, a spokesperson for La Quadrature du Net, said that any censorship should have been trialled before being approved, explaining, "The refusal to enact Net filtering as an experimental measure is a proof of the ill-intended objective of the government. Making Net filtering a temporary measure would have shown that it is uneffective to fight child pornography." "Protection of childhood is shamelessly exploited by Nicolas Sarkozy to implement a measure that will lead to collateral censorship and very dangerous drifts."

source: 'France falls under Internet censorship' by David Neal; www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1591582/france-falls-internet-censorship; The Inquirer; 11 February 2010