France is actually creeping ever closer to enacting legislation that would force Apple and other content providers to, well, provide content in a nonrestrictive, fair use-friendly, open, and interoperable fashion. The country's lower parliament passed the law already, and it will be examined by the French senate in May. The most obvious impact from such a law would be--aside from sparking even more international debate about fair use as it applies to digital content, of course--the sudden evacuation of iTunes and iPods from the entire country. Wow. Talk about the sounds of silence.