French Prime Minister Dominic de Villepin announced this week that the government plans to provide a "good quality and good value" PC, a cheap Internet connection, training and support for $1.27 (1 euro) per day, for up to three years.
The plan will work as a public-private partnership and is scheduled to begin in early 2007.
While around 50 percent of French homes now have a PC, the prime minister said he is concerned that only a small proportion of those are senior citizens and.
De Villepin also announced the French government will be backing WiMax launches in rural areas where DSL is unavailable.
Jo Best of Silicon.com reported from London.