First World Problems, French Edition

I made a casual observation about "Asian Culture" recently, and a friend laughed at my simplistic lumping of an entire continent into one big hot pot. Obviously, there is no monolithic "Asian Culture" any more than there is a "European" or "North American" culture. Antarctica is the exception to this - everybody down there is crazy in exactly the same way.

Despite our vast and subtle differences, I tend to think the relative political and economic freedom enjoyed by inhabitants of what I still like to call the "First World" mean that we all have a lot more in common than not. Until I see a story like this one:

French ban the words 'Twitter' and 'Facebook' from being used on TV and radio
President Nicolas Sarkozy's colleagues have agreed to uphold a 1992 decree which stipulates that commercial enterprises should not be promoted on news programs.
Broadcasting anchors from now on are forbidden to refer to the popular social networking site and the microblogging phenomenon, unless it is pivotal and relevant to a news item.
And I recall, from high school French class: France is a nation that, while freer than most on earth, still regulates its own language. With actual laws. When the government says a noun is feminine, then dammit that noun is feminine. (Can you imagine if this family were French Canadian, or - worse yet - French?!) And now, apparently, when France says that it's illegal to mention the names of certain "social networks" (nudge-nudge) over the airwaves, then that's the way le petit gâteau (or is it la petite gâteau?) crumbles.

Also, France evidently has a "Conseil Superieur de l'Audiovisuel," whose job, among other things (I assume), is to ask questions like this: "Why give preference to Facebook...when there are many other social networks that are struggling for recognition?" Bien sûr!