Before Netflix’s launch in France this month, it was criticized by national politicians, vilified by cultural leaders and brushed off by potential broadcast partners. (Stephane de Sakutin / AFP/Getty Images)

As Netflix has spread its video streaming services around the globe, the company’s been met with curiosity, skepticism and, at times, indifference.

But none of the Silicon Valley giant’s adventures abroad generated the mix of fear and anxiety that it has stirred in film-loving France before its launch this month.

In a country of proud cinephiles, Netflix has been bashed by… [Read more on Los Angeles Times]