French telecomm regulators are repeating their demand that Skype register as a "communications operator" under French law. Registration would impose a range of legal obligations on the network, including developing mechanisms to allow "emergency calls" from non-subscribers, and to provide means of intercepting and recording calls "when legally required."
French telecom and mobile operators have raised concerns that they are losing revenues as consumers switch to various VoIP services (including Skype, Viber, and What's App). Part of their complaint is that they must bear regulatory burdens and costs (particularly taxes) that other operators have not had to face. France was also one of the countries pushing for new international Internet governance agreements in last years ITU meetings, as a means of allowing nations a legal foundation for regulating and taxing major global internet firms. France also recently challenged Google, claiming Google News was anti-competitive by not paying for linking to content from French news sites. Google allegedly offered to block all French news sites before the issue was quietly resolved.
Source - French authorities launch Skype probe, Computer Business Review
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edit - fixed what had been a run on sentence about France & Google.