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02 Mar 2015

View photo Vacuum cleaners on display in a French department store in more Paris, Monday, March 2, 2015. France is ordering manufacturers to admit upfront how long a TV, cell phone or other appliance will last . A new French web link government measure that came into effect this month aims at tackling a phenomenon known as planned obsolescence. Many companies intentionally design appliances to last a limited amount of time, so that consumers will have to buy new ones. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon) PARIS (AP) -- France is ordering manufacturers to inform consumers how long they can expect their TV, cell phone or other appliance to last before they buy it. A new French government decree that came into effect this week aims at fighting so-called planned obsolescence. That is when companies design strategies to limit the life span of appliances, so that consumers will have to replace them.
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