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Minitel: The rise and fall of the France-wide web

28 June 2012 Last updated at 05:44 BST

France is switching off its groundbreaking Minitel service which brought online banking, travel reservations, and porn to millions of users in the 1980s.

But then came the worldwide web. Minitel has been dying slowly and the plug will be pulled on Saturday.

Hugh Schofieldreports.