[RFI] French internet provider blocks ads in face-off with Google

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France’s Digital Economy Minister Fleur Pellerin was to hold crisis talks on Monday over a decision by the country’s second largest telecoms company, Free, to block online advertisements. […]

Analysts believe the company is seeking to put pressure on US internet giant Google to play a bigger role in financing telecom infrastructure. […]

Free’s move contradicts the idea of a democratic internet, Jérémie Zimmermann of the online citizen advocacy group La Quadrature du net told RFI. […]