A trial began in a Paris court on Monday to decide whether a Web site from a Metz-based college is illegal because it is written in English.
The case is being brought by two groups - the Future of the French Language and Defence of the French Language - against the French branch of the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Citing laws introduced last year making use of English words illegal if an equivalent French word existed, the two associations claim they are fighting against the domination of the English language on the Web.
But it is unclear if national laws apply in cyberspace.
State-owned computer firm Bull took another step towards privatisation last week, just days after France Telecom became a limited liability company.
France Telecom owns 17 per cent of Bull, but one billion France Telecom shares are still held by the French government.
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