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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yahoo Told to Clean Up Auction Site

PARIS -- A French court told Internet portal Yahoo Inc. on Monday to "make it impossible" for web surfers in France to gain access to sales of Nazi memorabilia appear on one of the web sites it hosts.

It was the first time that a French court has issued such a gagging order on a foreign Internet company.

A auction site puts hundreds of Nazi or neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan objects up for auction each day, including films, swastikas, uniforms, daggers, photos and medals.

Under French law, it is illegal to exhibit or sell objects with racist overtones.

The International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism and the Union of French Jewish Students took Yahoo to court in April in a bid to bar such auction sales in France.

Lawyers representing Yahoo told the court earlier this month that it was not technically possible for the company to scan the content of all the sites carried on its service.