A BIZARRE ACT of Internet fakery has been uncovered as the French Foreign Ministry has discovered that there is a site apeing its own.
Agencé France Presse reported that the ministry was up in arms, or shoulder deep in shrugs, about the website, which is almost a mirror image of its own.
The two websites have a subtle difference in their URLs, the official one being 'www.diplomatie.gouv.fr' and the fake one 'www.diplomatie.gov.fr', and there are a couple of subtle content tweaks, the latter probably being what most upset the French diplomatic ministry.
For example, while both contained the same news and other information, the fake includes a video in which a 'spokesman' talks of France making reparations to Haiti for money taken during its fight for independence, something that apparently is completely unfounded, or at least rejected by the French government.
"This Internet site ... broadcasts false news and fraudulently copies the foreign ministry site," spokesman Bernard Valero told AFP. "We are studying what legal steps we can take to remedy this situation."
We've checked and the site has apparently been taken down. Good news for France, but of scant comfort to the people of Haiti. µ