Report says French becoming techno-junkies

28th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 28 (AFP) - For all its charm and rustic traditions, France is moving along speedily on the information superhighway, a government report released Thursday showed.

PARIS, Oct 28 (AFP) - For all its charm and rustic traditions, France is moving along speedily on the information superhighway, a government report released Thursday showed.

A third of all homes are now connected to the internet, half of them using broadband, and the value of online shopping has more than doubled over the past two years to EUR 4.7 billion (USD 6 billion), the study, "The Information Society in France in 2004, said.

Wi-Fi use is still low but growing, with five percent of internet users connecting with the wireless access option, and government and administrative offices have now made 90 percent of their public forms available on the web.

The French love affair with mobile phones continues to grow, with the 42 million owners sending 2.6 billion text messages a year.

France's entire population is 60 million.

The report said the findings showed France was in the EU average when it came to technology usage, but still lags behind Germany and the Netherlands in terms of home internet access.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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