The French ministry of education is preparing to offer its students a notebook for the cost of a cup of coffee each day.

In an initiative with several computer manufacturers, including Apple, the ministry aims to make it affordable and possible for students to get the equipment they need, reports MacGeneration.

All the notebooks supplied under the scheme, which launches September 28, will have WiFi installed. The ministry is also providing free WiFi on French student campuses.

To get a laptop, students will have to pay from one euro per day for three years. The laptops will be 10-15 per cent less expensive than normal retail prices.

The French language Web site last night also told Macworld that 40 per cent of the music purchased on iTunes Music Store France comes from local French artists. "It's very important for Apple to sign independent French artists", the site's editor observed.