"Three socialist French MPs have proposed a law that would
require the use of open standards software in all public
administrations and organizations throughout France."
"This law would also allow anyone to "freely develop, publish,
and use compatible software, even in the case (where) a patent or a
trademark was filed for some communication standard," according to
the proposal's text."
"...Le Deaut, Paul, and Cohen belive that the law, if
passed, can be implemented immediately because 'most publishers of
proprietary software, including Microsoft, have also publicly
stated that they are ready to grant the French administration
access to the source code of their products.'"