The study by consumer group UFC Que Choisir said that nearly 10 per cent of the population, almost all of them in the countryside or in small towns and villages, has to put up with internet access speeds of less than three megabytes a second.
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Many rural areas of France have slow and unreliable internet connections. Photo: AFP
And nearly 20 per cent of the population does not have access to a “good high speed” internet connection – defined by the government as being between eight megabytes a second and 30 megabytes a second.