French President Nicolas Sarkozy Hosts Forum on Future of the Internet

Attendees including Eric Schmidt and Mark Zuckerberg are told that the "total global revolution" achieved by the Internet must not replace traditional democracy.

LONDON -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy has told an audience at the eG8 forum in Paris that the Internet must not be "a parallel universe outside laws and morals," according to The Guardian.

Sarkozy opened what he described as a historic conference on the Internet and the future of the "digital ecosystem" in Paris on Tuesday on the eve of the G8 summit.

The French president said it was a unique chance for the main players in the development of information and communication technologies to come together with leaders of state and hoped it could become an annual event.

"In this way we can know what you are doing … and you can know what we think," Sarkozy told the eG8 forum.

"We need to talk to you. We need to understand your expertise, your hopes … and you have to know our limits and our red lines."

Around 1,500 guests were invited to the forum, including Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, John Donahoe, president of eBay, and Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook.