French firm hosting WikiLeaks - for now
Paris - The French government's effort to stop a French company from hosting WikiLeaks has failed - for now.
Two courts say they need more time to examine the issue.
Industry Minister Eric Besson has ordered a state agency to examine how to prevent WikiLeaks from being hosted in France. Web services company OVH has been hosting it since last week.
OVH sought a ruling by two courts about the legality of hosting WikiLeaks in France - and the judges said this week they couldn't decide on the highly technical case right away.
WikiLeaks has been releasing publicly more than 250 000 often-embarrassing US diplomatic memos.
On Monday, WikiLeaks' Swedish servers came under attack.
PRQ's owner Mikael Viborg said that his servers had become non-responsive. While it wasn't immediately clear why, he said it was probably due to a distributed denial of service attack - a technique in which remote computers hijacked by rogue programs jam a website with massive amounts of data.
American web companies Amazon.com, Paypal, and EveryDNS have pulled the plug on their relationships with WikiLeaks one after the other.