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France wants its prisons blurred on Internet maps






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France has asked Google to blur all images of French prisons online after a prisoner escaped from a prison near Paris. The prisoner was an infamous killer, known as the "jailbreak king". He has escaped from prison many times. The people who helped the man escape used a helicopter to land inside the prison and then fly the man out. They used online maps to get the layout of the prison's grounds. France's justice minister has asked Google to remove or blur all images of prisons in France from its services. This is to help stop future jailbreaks.

France's justice minister does not want any pictures of prisons online. She wanted all photos to be blurred so no one could use them to carry out criminal acts. She said: "It's not normal that photos of security buildings such as our prisons are...on the Internet." Google said it has contacted companies that provide the images. A spokesperson said Google's maps used images provided by other companies. It said: "We have given our suppliers a list of sensitive locations and asked them to take the necessary steps as soon as possible to conform with the law."

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