The Use Of French Language On The Internet

The “Toubon” Law of August 4, 1994 imposes the compulsory, but non-exclusive, usage of the French language in specific fields. This law aims at protecting the French consumers and forbids the sale of "goods and services" in France exclusively in a foreign language. No specific provision of this law applies to the Internet, but given the strong worry in France over the use of English only on the Web, there is no doubt that this law also applies to the Internet.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

On what basis does the Toubon Law apply to the Internet?
What provisions of the Toubon Act apply to the Internet?
Practically, what types of websites must comply with the Toubon Law?


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