French TV signals warnings

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Beginning Nov. 18, the major French TV channels will alert viewers to the degree of sexually explicit or violent material to be broadcast with on-screen symbols that will flash during the first minutes of programs. The voluntary scheme was put forth by CSA, the French TV ruling body. Satellite channel Canal Plus plans to introduce its own system of symbols. Each channel will have its programs examined by a different external body--each of which will have its own criteria. The Franco-German public culture channel Arte declined to participate, claiming that warning symbols are "more likely to incite than dissuade".

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