The latest is the banning of the promotion of Twitter accounts and Facebook pages run by French radio and television stations, a decision taken by the media regulator Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel.
Their reason is that they say there are other social media networks on the internet and to focus on these two ruins the chances of competitors.
Not surprisingly such a ban has been criticised as backward looking, or an attempt to block the influence of the US based websites.
But whilst all this goes on, guess what? French people get on with sending messages via Twitter and updating their friends with the latest on Facebook.
The word Facebook is in the same dictionary.
And yet the powers-that-be continue to wonder why they are held in such disdain and official complaints against public services are on the rise.