New limits will be placed on radiation levels amid fears of increased risk of cancer from phone use
By Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor
Sunday, 11 January 2009
New laws cracking down on children's use of mobile phones are to be introduced in France amid growing fears that they may cause cancer and other diseases.
All advertising of the devices to children under 12 is to be prohibited under the legislation – announced by the Environment Minister, Jean-Louis Borloo, last week – and he will also take powers to ban the sale of any phone designed to be used by those under six.
The French government will also introduce new limits for radiation from the phones and make it compulsory for handsets to be sold with earphones, so that users can avoid irradiating their heads and brains. And one of the country's largest cities last month started an advertising campaign to discourage the use of the phones by children.
France cracks down on children's mobile phone use, but Britain still ignoring warnings
By Peter Allen and Fiona Macrae
11th January 2009
France has begun a crackdown on children having mobile phones after research linked their use to brain cancer.
Advertising mobiles to children under 12 is to be prohibited under the legislation announced by the environment minister Jean-Louis Borloo.
He will also take steps to ban the sale of phones designed for those aged under six.
France is warning of the dangers of children using mobile phones, while in Britain their popularity is growing.
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French government implement mobile phone legislation
In a bold and groundbreaking move, the French government are now the first European government to publicly announce an outright ban on some aspect of mobile phone usage based exclusively on potential risks to health.
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