LinuxInsider: French Linux Users: Don't Pirate Microsoft
May 07, 2004, 22:00 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Sayer)
"The French have somehow picked up a reputation as haters of big
American business. It's not hard to see how that came about, when
you consider that their biggest folk hero of recent years, the
farmer José Bové, was catapulted to fame almost
overnight for his part in the 1999 destruction of a new McDonald's
fast-food restaurant in a rural corner of southern France.
"So it's doubly strange to hear of the latest initiative by the
French Association of Linux Users (AFUL): The group wants the
government to crack down on piracy of software products from
companies such as Microsoft, it announced Tuesday. It also wants
stores to display separately the price of software packages such as
Microsoft Office when they are bundled with new computers, so that
consumers are aware of their true cost..."