France won’t block public Wi-Fi or ban Tor after all

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Public Wi-Fi networks and Tor won't be blocked or forbidden in France in the near future, even during a state of emergency, despite the country's Ministry of Interior reportedly considering it.

Days after the reports on the proposal surfaced in the French newspaper Le Monde, the country's prime minister Manuel Valls said he had never heard of such requests by police. "A ban on Wi-Fi is not a course of action envisaged," he added according to The Connexxion.

Valls also said he wasn't in favour of banning Tor, and denied any knowledge of the police authorities requesting a law to "require [service] providers to give security forces access codes."

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