Pokémon Go continues to bleed into the real world, this time in France. Minister of education Najat Vallaud-Belkacem has said that she wants to meet with Niantic – the developer of the augmented reality monster catching game – in a bid to have them remove rare Pokémon from schools. This story comes from Le Monde, via NeoGAF.
Principals can already reach out to Niantic to have their schools removed from the game, but Vallaud-Belkacem wants the developer to be more proactive about the issue. Pokemon Go works by populating public parks and other points of interest with the creatures.
Privacy concerns seem to be the main motivating factor here, with fears of strangers also wandering onto school property. Vallaud-Belkacem has requested an appointment with Naintic over the issue. "The only real concern is the rare Pokémon and the risk of massive intrusion in an institution,” reads a statement from the minister, as translated by Google.
This isn’t the first time Pokemon Go and the real world have clashed. A couple in America is suing Niantic over trainers wandering onto their property, Russia thinks the game is a western spy-tool, and Iran has banned it outright.