French Parliament Says Free Software Is A Priority In Education

Gijs Hillenius | European Commission (EC) | June 28, 2013

France's Senate and National Assembly agree to make free software a priority for education. This Wednesday the National Assembly confirmed a proposal by the Senate, urging institutions of higher educations to prefer this type of solution. The plan still needs to be accepted by the government.

The past two months, France's senators have pressured the government to make free and open source software a priority in education. The government signalled that it is willing to nudge schools and universities towards free software and open document formats, but for the Upper House that is not enough. The Senate wants this type of software to be a requirement.