French ISPs are at odds with the government over the recently-enacted three-strike law. That might be considered a good thing, except that the ISPs are not resisting because they want to protect their users' rights. Nope.
They're resisting because they want money.
Enforcing the three-strikes law would put a significant burden on the ISPs, as they would have to make thousands of look-ups per month, so they're considering boycotting the law. Until they get paid for all that work, that is.
So shell out the money, and they'll serve up their users on a silver plate.