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French PM: Allons à l'open source

Computer Weekly - Open source newswire reports this week suggest that France's new Prime Minister has issued a call to his public sector authority bodies to deploy and use open source technologies at all possible levels.

Monsieur Jean-Marc Ayrault is said to have backed a sanction to encourage French public authority organisations to undertake a "systematic review" of free and open source alternatives when approaching software application development and/or revision and update processes.

This news comes from Joinup -- a website described as a "new collaborative platform" created by the European Commission and funded by the European Union.