Online game allows users to tinker with French budget

The French government's minister in charge of budget Jean-Francois Cope announced a new Internet game allowing users to 'manage' France's national budget, an Associated Press report said.

The report said that the game, called 'Cyberbudget,' would let users manage 300 billion euros ($372.75 billion) in play money.

'Each French Internet user can become budget minister for an hour,' Cope, quoted by Associated Press, said. 'It allows each person to get familiar with how (the budget) functions,' including how hard it is to lower taxes and reduce deficits, he said.

The game would be available next month, the report said.

The report said some 10,000 players would be able to play at any one time.