The mayor of a small town in France has sent an official decree to Niantic requesting that they remove everything Pokemon GO related from within the town’s borders.

Pokemon GO may be a global phenomenon the likes of which the mobile application world has never seen, but it’s still not everyone’s cup of tea. Niantic’s hit application has made over 200 million dollars in revenue during its inaugural month, but it has also evidently rustled a few feathers along the way. Today, the mayor of a small french town named Bressolles has denounced Pokemon GO for its “anarchical settlement”, which has pedestrians running about without paying attention to their surroundings – a safety concern the mayor is unwilling to accept.

The mayor has written a formal decree to Pokemon GO developer Niantic requesting that all Gyms, PokeStops, and Pokemon themselves be removed from anywhere within the border of Bressolles, meaning those inside the town still playing the application better get themselves an escape rope pronto if they hope to continue their quest to become a Pokemon Master.

Of course, even if the request goes through, this would be far from the first time Niantic’s prized possession has received the locational ban hammer. The application has been banned from the entire country of Iran due to security concerns from a high council, and employees of Volkswagen have been forced to keep the application closed while on work grounds due to a recent employee mandate.


The mayor is also upset that Niantic did not seek out his permission to incorporate the Ain region settlement into the application, despite the fact that its inclusion is based solely on GPS and augmented reality:

When a cafe or a restaurant owner wants to open a business in any French town, they have an obligation to request prior authorization to the mayor. The rule applies to all people wishing to set up an activity or occupy a space on a public property. So it applies to Niantic as well, even though their settlement is virtual.

While Niantic hasn’t officially responded to the Mayor of Bressolles, we wouldn’t be surprised to hear that the developer complies with the official request. Niantic not only has a history of removing locations after enough requests from the general public, but also stated that a special focus was being given to property owners. The mayor’s jurisdiction may allow him to fall into this category, and if so, we may just see the very first Pokemon GO-free town. Previously, Niantic has removed PokeStops from sensitive high profile locations such as the U.S. Holocaust Museum, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Japan, and the Genocide Museum in Cambodia.

Since a town is an entirely different type of location, it’ll be interesting to see what develops from the unassuming settlement of Bressolles, France. If this goes through, other safety-conscious mayors may attempt to enact similar decree.

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Source: Associated Press