By Daniel Hunter

Google has said it will ignore a French ruling that "Right to be Forgotten" ruling should be applied around the world, not just in Europe.

Last month CNIL, France's privacy watchdog, ordered Google to allow users to request the removal of search results from its worldwide websites.

But Google said "respectfully" questioned the CNIL's authority to make such a ruling. It could lead to Google facing fines.

A European court ruling last year gave European citizens the right to submit a request for Google to remove results that they deemed out of date, incorrect, irrelevant or damaging.

Google is understood to have processes more than one million requests since the ruling was made.

The latest battle focuses over Google.com. Google insists that 95% of European searches are done on its regional sites, so French users will use google.fr and Germans will use google.de. The 'Right to be Forgotten' ruling only applies to the regional websites, so Google does not have to remove articles from its main Google.com site.

In a blogpost, Google's global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer the CNIL's order was a "troubling development that risks serious chilling effects on the web".

"While the right to be forgotten may now be the law in Europe, it is not the law globally," he continued.

"As a matter of principle, therefore, we respectfully disagree with the CNIL's assertion of global authority on this issue and we have asked the CNIL to withdraw its formal notice," he added.

A CNIL spokesperson said: "We have taken note of Google's arguments which are mostly of a political nature. The CNIL, on the other hand, has relied on a strictly legal reasoning."