France says Amazon must charge more for book deliveries…

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In the future, book deliveries “cannot be offered free of charge” the new law says, but must carry a “minimum charge” the level of which will be set by the French government.

(AFP) — Amazon and other e-commerce sites in France will have to charge more for book deliveries, according to a law aimed at helping traditional bookstores survive tough online competition.

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The new rules target retail giants like Amazon, which charges the legal minimum of one euro cent ($0.01) for home book deliveries, leaving French publishers and stores unable to compete.

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Laure Darcos, a senator sponsoring the law, accused Amazon of pursuing “a predatory business model” that had to be curbed.


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