Talk is expensive

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France's Senate yesterday called on government ministries to settle unpaid telephone bills totalling more than Fr2bn (pounds 268m), Reuter reports from Paris.

The upper house of parliament passed an amendment to the 1994 budget calling on ministries to pay off arrears to help the state-owned, debt-burdened telephone company, France Telecom. It said the biggest culprit was the Interior Ministry, but even the Telecommunications Ministry itself owed money for phone calls.