Wired News: French Pols Say, 'Open It Up'Apr 25, 2000, 11:22 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Finley)
"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.'"