France moves to block undesirable online content

France is joining at least five other countries where internet service providers block access to child pornography and to content linked to terrorism and racial hatred, an Associated Press report said.

The report quoted the French interior minister as saying that the agreement will take effect in September.

A blacklist will be compiled based on input from internet users who flag sites containing offensive material, Interior Minister Michel Alliot-Marie said.

All service providers in France have agreed to block offending sites, he said.

Offensive sites will be referred to judicial authorities, the minister said.

The Associated Press report further said a similar deal was announced Tuesday in New York, where Verizon, Sprint and Time Warner Cable agreed with New York state officials to block access to child porn.

Britain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Canada and New Zealand are among other countries that have already implemented similar measures.