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.
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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.
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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?
The next iPhone may not sell as well as past versions thanks to its high cost, warns the CEO of France Telecom.
After having shaken up France's mobile market, Xavier Niel is aiming to do the same with a new school offering free tuition but no diploma to thousands of students.
The Association of Jewish Students in France (UEJF) has taken fresh legal action against Twitter for not complying with a previous court order compelling it to share data that might help identify the authors of anti-Semitic or racist tweets.
A confidential report from the French ministry for industrial renewal recommends reducing the powers of the country's regulator in order to better align telecommunications policy with government strategy.
France's Bouygues Telecom has been given the go-ahead to refarm 1800Mhz spectrum - the band used by the iPhone 5.
A Paris court has decided that Apple Retail France won’t be allowed to have its employees work at night in Apple stores.
The French weekly newspaper Le Point revealed that LinkedIn offices in Paris have been raided by the French tax authorities last month.
The French anti-piracy authority Hadopi recently published a report outlining possible measures to fight copyright infringement online that could see the organisation facing an overhaul. Others would rather it disappeared altogether.
French president François Hollande wants very high-speed broadband to reach every household in the country by 2023 - a plan that will need private as well as public investment.
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