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Published: Monday 15 November 2004

Jamming France

Watching a movie in France may soon be a pleasurable experience with the French government announcing that no mobile signal will be allowed in cinema halls, theatres and concert halls. Owners of cinema, theatre and concert halls will now be permitted to install jamming equipment to stop all such mobile calls, except those dealing with an emergency.

French trade minister Patrick Devedjian announced the ban on October 15. He added that the measure was long overdue, as telephonic activity had been cited as a major factor contributing to the decline of cinema audiences. He also said that the owners of places of entertainment would have to organise the installation of equipment on their premises.

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