France protecting local bookshops from Amazon

France is voting in a new law banning online booksellers from making free deliveries and giving 5% discounts in order to protect local bookshops from going out of business.

France protecting local bookshops from Amazon

World Bulletin / News Desk

The law preventing online booksellers from making free deliveries and giving customers a 5% discount is an extension to another law passed by France’s socialist government passed in 1981 protecting local bookshops from supermarkets. Now the law is being extended to online stores.

Although online sales only made up 3.2% of book sales in France in 2003, this figure shot up to 13.1% in 2011. Unfair competition on behalf of online companies is said to be threatening local businesses.

Conservative lawmaker Christian Kert said ‘The (book pricing) law is part of our cultural heritage.’ The law has been passed by the lower chamber and will be moved on to the senate by the end of the year.

The move will be disadvantageous for US online giant Amazon, which will join Google and Facebook in the list of US based online companies to face French criticism. EU members have been calling for these three companies in particular to adhere to local and international laws in regards to advertising and data protection.

Last Mod: 03 Ekim 2013, 17:31
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