NEW FRENCH LAW SETS PRECEDENT
Today the French Parliament passed a law addressing electromagnetic
fields and electromagnetic hypersensitivity. While the new law does not
go nearly far enough, it is the first of its kind in the world. Among
its provisions are the following:
1. Anyone who intends to build one or more radio installations regulated
by the ANFR (France's equivalent of the FCC) must submit to the local
government, if requested by the mayor, calculations of electromagnetic
fields that will be generated. This information must be made available
to the public.
2. A national dialogue committee on levels of public exposure to
electromagnetic fields is created within the ANFR. This committee will
give information to all stakeholders. The ANFR will give annual reports
to the dialogue committee on the results of all electromagnetic field
measurements in France as well as measures taken to reduce exposure
levels at "atypical" locations where the levels are greater than usual.
The ANFR will compile a annual census of atypical exposure locations and
periodically report on measures taken to reduce exposure at such
3. Within one year from today, the ANFR will produce a municipal-level
map of all cell towers in France.
4. Any advertisement for cell phones must mention, clearly and legibly,
the recommended use of an accessory device that reduces exposure of the
head to radio frequency radiation. Violators are subject to a fine of
5. Advertisements promoting the use of cell phones without such
accessories are prohibited. Violators are subject to a fine of 75,000
6. Anyone selling a cell phone must provide, upon request, an accessory
designed for children under 14 years of age that reduces exposure of the
head to radio frequency radiation.
7. Wireless internet is prohibited in places dedicated to the welcome,
rest, and activities of children under 3 years of age.
8. Wireless access for internet in elementary schools must be disabled
when not in use for teaching.
9. One year from today, the government shall submit to the Parliament a
report on electromagnetic hypersensitivity.