Apple yesterday announced a deal in France, whereby the company will “work closely with HEC, a business school located near Versailles, on integrating iPods and other digital technology into classrooms and curricula. It’s the first such relationship Apple has struck in Europe, following the model of similar deals with Stanford University and Duke University in the U.S.,” reports BusinessWeek. This comes hot on the heals of a decision by French legislators to pass a bill that would force Apple to open up its iTunes and iPod proprietary digital rights management in that country. “The technology will allow the school, which offers undergraduate business and MBA programs in English and French, to explore cutting-edge uses of computers, networks, and iPods in higher education,” notes the story. “That encompasses not only delivery of course material and other information to students, but also creation of new content by students and faculty using tools provided by Apple.”