aerial views of prisons available on Google Maps and Google Earth provoked the anger of the ministry of Justice. The keeper of the Seals, Nicole Belloubet, said on Tuesday that, despite its request to Google, the american company had still not blur the images of certain places of detention.

Among the prisons, that of Vendin-le-Vieil, where the robber Redoine Faïd was arrested, and that of Réau (Seine-et-Marne), where he had escaped in a helicopter on the 1st of July.

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“I have written to Google to ask that there is measures that are taken to remove these penal institutions” of the mapping services of Google, said Nicole Belloubet on RTL, and regretted that its requests had not yet been concluded. The first post of the minister dated 31 July.

“I think it is not normal that institutions secure as our prisons are to be found on the Internet”, she added .

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by zooming In on Google Maps you can clearly distinguish the different buildings that make up the institution, the football pitches, courses, or pregnant. On the other hand, some institutions have been blurred by Google, as the Baumettes prison in Marseille or Bois d’arcy, in the Yvelines.

The Baumettes prison in Marseille, blurred by Google

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“In the shortest possible time,”

According to a spokesperson of Google France, which responded to the comments of the minister, Google Earth and Google Maps combine images from various external providers, public or private”.

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“In the continuity” of its exchanges with the government, Google France said to have transmitted to its suppliers, “a list of sensitive sites, requiring them to take the necessary measures in order to transmit images in conformity with the legislation in force in the shortest possible time”.


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