kmself voted 1 on this story.
Code escrow is fairly common practice among larger customers, and government customers in particular (I suspect the NSA prefers, and gets, sources), so on the one hand the demand for source isn't too extraordinary.
OTOH, from the Wired article, it appears that the French are looking not just for source, but for open source -- publicly available source code. This puts things in a different light.
It's interesting to note that there has been a pretty strong drive over the last quarter of the 20th Century to extend the length and scope of copyright, a fair bit of this driven by European tradition, and particularly the droit d'author (if I have my French right) -- or author's rights. Yes, Disney & Co. have had their influence as well. But much copyright law change in the US has been in the name of "normalization" with European law.
Interesting, then, in the dawn of the 21st Century, to see a pushback in copyright coming from the French themselves.
Then again, this could all just be political posturing (and likely is). There's a big difference between legislative proposal and executed law.
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