French police are abandoning Microsoft's Internet Explorer for the Mozilla Foundations browser Firefox.
The gendarmerie's 70,000 desktops were being converted to Firefox and its email client Thunderbird because of the navigator's "reliability, security and inter-operability with other state services," said General Christian Brachet, IT director of the police force.
Firefox had been chosen because it was based on the W3C standard, an international norm for the Internet, and because it works equally well under Microsoft, Mac or Linux.
Firefox has now taken over nearly 18 percent of the French Internet browser market approaching the European average of 20 percent, according to a survey carried out in January by XiTi Monitor, an Internet site quality management service.
But it still has a way to go before matching the 38 percent market penetration the Mozilla navigator has achieved in Finland.