PARIS (AP) — Attention, legendary Pokemon creatures: You may soon be expelled from the schools of France.
The education minister, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, said Monday that the makers of the popular “Pokemon Go” smartphone game should stop beaming their most avidly hunted Pokemon figures into real-life schools.
She has told a Paris news conference that she intends to meet representatives of California-based Niantic Inc. to explain that the game entices non-students to wander into children’s schools. She sees the quest for rare, or “legendary,” characters as posing the greatest security risk of unwanted walk-ins by strangers.
France remains in an official state of emergency following November attacks in Paris and last month’s Nice truck massacre.
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She says principals already can apply online for Niantic to remove their school from the game’s global map.