French MPs have been spotted playing online poker and chess and buying wine and clothes on tablet computers in the National Assembly.
The discovery has prompted calls for the new Socialist speaker to scramble wireless signals in the chamber for the sake of democracy.
In the past, France's members of parliament would discreetly stuff a newspaper inside a serious political document during tedious debates. Now they brazenly get out their iPads and similar tablets.
Photographers in the press balcony have caught several members, reportedly including ministers, making online poker bets, reading adult cartoons, perusing online clothes catalogues and even ordering fine wines. (© Daily Telegraph, London)