At the end of January, a French court ordered Twitter to reveal the details of accounts used to post racist and anti-Semitic tweets last autumn. Twitter appealed against the ruling, but has lost that appeal.
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Liberté, égalité, IT: Vive la tech rounds up all the latest technology news and opinion from France.
A graduate in networking and databases and an author of several books about Apple gear, Valéry Marchive has been covering the French IT landscape since the late 90s, both for the consumer and enterprise sectors.
Anne Morris is a freelance journalist, editor and translator. She has been working in the telecommunications sector since 1996, when she joined the London-based team of CommunicationsWeek International as copy editor. Over the years she held the editor position at both Total Telecom Online and Total Telecom Magazine, eventually leaving to go freelance in 2010. Now living in France, she writes for a number of titles and also provides research work for analyst companies, with a particular focus on mobile communications. In her spare time she translates business texts from German into English.
For the first time, a French internet user has been sentenced to have their internet access suspended for two weeks. But whether the ban ever comes to pass remains to be seen.
The district court of Paris just sentenced Apple to pay €5m as compensation for private copies of media made using its iPad in 2011.
France’s homeland security minister Manuel Valls has said he sees web monitoring as a priority in the fight to find terrorists.
A study commissioned last summer to find how to protect France's "exception culturelle" in the online era has delivered its verdict - and it's generating its fair share of criticism already.
According to a whitepaper outlining France’s strategy for defence and national security for the next six years, the country will step up its cyberdefence capabilities.
IBM has detailed its predictions for its French business over the coming years, with the tech giant expecting to have to reduce its local workforce by more than 14 percent.
After Apple expelled French app AppGratis from its store, French minister Fleur Pellerin has expressed concern about the move - and its implications for net neutrality.
The economic outlook for France may be somewhat grim, but Tata Consultancy Services is boosting its local presence with the acquisition of a French IT services company.
The French ministry of defense launched a "network of cyberdefence reservists" to help the country cope with online threats. But is the group more of a talking shop than actual defence force?