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France is a step closer to introducing legislation that would prevent Net users from publishing items on the Web anonymously.

The Freedom of Communications Act is due to be debated by the Senate next week. It has already received the go-ahead from the House.

The proposed legislation was introduced after pictures of a model were published on the Web last year without her say so.

If adopted, the rules would prohibit anyone in France from publishing material on the Web without including the source. Breach of this would result in a fine.

Critics of the bill say it will just force French Net users to sign up with foreign ISPs and Web providers, rendering the legislation effectively impotent.

The bill was first introduced last March. ®

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