Pokemon Go characters banned in village

A man plays Pokemon Go at a popular PokeStop in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo / AP
A man plays Pokemon Go at a popular PokeStop in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo / AP

A French mayor has banned the virtual presence of Pokemon Go characters in his whole eastern village.

Bressolles Mayor Fabrice Beauvois cited security reasons and ordered the game's creator to comply with the decree.

Beauvois said that he mailed his decree to California-based Niantic Inc. and The Pokemon Company to make sure they stop setting up Pokemons in the village of about 800 inhabitants northeast of Lyon.

Beauvois insisted that his order is only targeting companies, not the players.

He said that Bressolles is the first French municipality to issue such a decree.

The mayor denounced the "random and anarchical settlement" of Pokemon characters on the territory of his village without Niantic asking for prior authorisation.

-AP

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