The Associated Press December 8, 2010, 7:37AM ET

French company allowed to keep hosting WikiLeaks

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 U.S. diplomatic memos.

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