French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin announced in a report last Friday that his government would launch an information society initiative to increase the country's adoption of technology, including the Internet.
The report marks a move away from the government's traditional backing of the French proprietary online system, Minitel. Over #150 million is earmarked for investment in putting the large state infrastructure online, including all schools and the national health service.
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