It seems like the whole world has gone crazy trying to catch 'em all sometimes, such is the worldwide success of Pokémon GO. However Bressolles Mayor Fabrice Beauvois has had enough of mischievous Pokémons causing mayhem in the village of about 800 inhabitants northeast of Lyon which he presides over.
The French mayor has mailed a decree to Niantic and The Pokemon Company which he hopes will put a stop to use of the app in his village, claiming that it puts pedestrians and drivers at risk because players become inattentive while watching their smartphones. He's also worried that it may also result in groups of people forming at night.
He is also a bit cheesed off that Niantic didn't request prior authorisation before sending all the Pokémon his way:
When a cafe or a restaurant owner wants to open a business in any French town, they have an obligation to request prior authorization to the mayor. The rule applies to all people wishing to set up an activity or occupy a space on a public property. So it applies to Niantic as well, even though their settlement is virtual. They [Niantic] use the entire planet as a playground.
Niantic are yet to respond to the mayor's decree, however a spokesperson said the company is "moving quickly to review and address all such requests" and that property owners can request the removal of a stop by visiting the "Pokemon Go" website.
It'll be interesting to see if this complaint is successful. As always, let us know your thoughts on this decree with a comment below.
Not sure what the French word for "mayor" is but I'm fairly certain it is not synonymous with "king".
I say Non too.
It's the players' fault if they're not being careful while playing the game!
@fiben1002 I think dictator would be a more appropriate word than king.
Gen 1 strikes again!
Wait so Niantic is at fault here for making the app too addicting? Maybe instead of this silliness he should be talking to the citizens of his small city and tell them to pay attention instead of getting sucked into their phones.
Poor little man, upset that people are having fun without his authorisation. What's the point in power without control?
I think the guy needs Pokemon Go in his life.
Some people just make an infamous rumours about Pokemon stuffs are something dangerous. They knew NOTHING about Pokemon. They blame Pokemon can make people become zombie, losing their conciousness.They keep spread a wrong information about Pokemon. They blame to people who is really addicted to Pokemon as a Satan worshipper. They blame playing Pokemon games are more guilty than playing other games.
That's very PATHETIC. I mean, Pokemon stuffs are more guilty than other games just because TOO popular ? Doesn't make a sense. I can blame another game or entertainment for causing bad influnce. It depends on the player, if they lose their minds they can harm themself or harm someone or something else. Now we realized there are some part of us that very JEALOUS or FEAR of Too Popular Things and they'll do anything to stop the popularity, even the dirtiest efforts. Let's pray for them to change their mindset. Someone need a Cold Shower to refresh their brain.
Politicians.... Nuff said.
Everyone loves (to hate) a scapegoat.
Wow, I guess the 2nd Pokemon fad era (the first being in the early 90s) has seen a return of Pokehate.... greaaaaat.
I believe the citizens of my village to be idiots with no common sense. Please refrain from being the only possible distraction on a smartphone.
Mayor Fabrice Beauvois
Guy sounds like a crumbly old dinosaur.
Stop fearing the world, old man. It's leaving you in the dust.
If this is the case, has he requested that every other app be inaccessible to the residents of this town?
EDITED: Or any on-line shop for that matter?
What's his name Stalin.
The number of people who don't seem to understand the app is a bit funny.
I don't get people who say that "you need permission". At best, it brings more business to local places, more money, more taxes. At worse, it brings more people on the streets which only walk.
If you want to get rid of pokestops and gyms, then all you have to do is send a request to Niantic you political bafoons who clearly don't know how to research. Then again, that's up to the businesses. Who says that THEY don't like the advantages it brings?
I keep picturing the mayor from Chocolat.
Wouldn't it be hilarious if this ends up substantially hurting him, like it stops a huge chunk of tourism to the village, or every moves away?
this guy sounds like a bored old man
The next step for this quaint little French village: Banning all smart phones. That's the only cure for the inattentiveness. We'll see how well that goes over.
Look like some people have irrational Fear. Fear of dominance. Fear of difference. Fear of some new things. Fear of old fashioned way being neglected. Well... basically fear of changes.
Now go away you or we shall taunt you again!
So texting and using apps like Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, and certain popular smartphone games (including Ingress) get the same level of "safety treatment" in Bressolles too, or it's just this one "dangerous" game
While blaming Niantic for people basically acting like idiots due to the game is silly, he does bring a good point about the use of public spaces governed by existing regulations, one that at the very least merits discussion.
@ultraraichu I agree with you 100% that those other apps make people act dumb just as well, but the difference with Pokemon Go is that it uses real world locations in a different way (the social networks do not), and it's popular enough that it's usage has real-world impact (Ingress was never that popular)
Keep Pokemon Go, get rid of cars. Happier planet, healthier planet.
@Yorumi Which is why I said it at least merits discussion, maybe new laws are required, maybe modifications to the existing laws, maybe just more warnings, maybe better education, maybe nothing at all. But there's a thing happening that should be considered. It's very easy to criticise politicians, but when you have people whose way of life depend on you work, it's more complicated than you think or give them credit for, specially if you are only viewing this from a player perspective. There's always criticism whether they do something or nothing at all.
I didn't know this kind of man exist in 2016...
Far too many politicians telling people what to do nowadays.
A lot of people seem to have forgot it's supposed to go the other way.
Is this the same mayor who wants to ban bourkinis?
I think these lines in the official document sum up Monsieur Le Maire the best:
"Considérant la propagation contagieuse et anarchique du phénomène «Pokémon Go»
Considérant l'addiction dangereuse que représente ce jeu vis-à-vis des jeunes populations"
"In relation to the infectious and anarchic spreading of the "Pokémon Go" phenomenon
In relation to the dangerous addiction that this game represents with regard to young persons"
It is reported elsewhere that the village is somewhat rural with only 15% of the 800 inhabitants being aged between 15-29 years and that it is perhaps debatable how much interference Pokemon Go could really cause. Nevertheless, it is believed that Niantic will give in to the demands and soon those few Pidgeys and Weedles that were there will vanish.
@Yorumi From his statement, you don't need permission to be on public property, you need permission to do business on said public property. IMO it's at least arguable that Niantic is doing business, under the extent of certain laws as they are today.
And the fact that some people are behaving like idiots suggests to me that at least those people cannot run their own lives as well without affecting others.
But anyway, I have no interest nor inclination on whether this one politician is ultimately right or wrong, I'm just saying there's a case to be made and some level of merit to his arguments.
@Mr_Zurkon Your mother was a Pikachu and your father smelled of Oran Berries !!! (I love that movie)
What an idiot.
Are there any stories of businesses being revitalized by pokemon go in this town?
As a fellow Frenchmen, I say this guy is off his rocker. Dangerously addicting? I'm sorry, does not everyone in France smoke? How about drink until they puke? Having had relatives who died of lung cancer and others of alcoholism, I say pay attention to what the real dangers are in life!
I'll add, if this was Tintin Go, I bet you the reception would be different, as I assume he knows Tintin, but had never heard of Pokemon until Go. H
This guy is simply trying to legislate a hobby he doesn't play, and therefore doesn't understand, and hence, doesn't care if it's banned.
Unless there's been accidents in this tiny town, this proclamation is very see through.
lol. wow. People here love Pokemon Go. No one has banned it anywhere. The police released a couple of statements on how to play safely, and did a couple of really funny Pokemon promotional stunts and that's it.
We should by force move all people not focusing on driving when operating a motor vehicle, to an island of their own. There they can run over and accidentally kill each other.
@Jingo_Unchained Nobody says that, unless you're a french Ned Flanders lol
Here too. There's been a couple of problems, like robberies at night and that kind of stuff, but if people take care of themselves and use common sense, the app's harmless.
Its a shame, though, that common sense is not really common these days....
Sometimes you have to protect people from their own stupidity (like with seatbelt laws), but this is just sad, and his request for authorization is ridiculous. Did Google Maps have to get his permission, too? What are they supposed to do, e-mail every mayor in the country of France?
It's funny he didn't remember that rule when he needed to use Google Maps.
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