Amazon.com Fined by France for Free Delivery of Books

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Amazon.com’s French division announced it would pay $2000 a day in fines, rather than comply with a court ruling upholding French limits on price discounts for books.

French authorities have ruled that Amazon’s “free delivery” option is a violation of their anti-competition laws. Legal experts expect the fine to be upheld and even expect the government to increase the daily fines.

Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive of the company, was defiant in a weekend e-mail message to French customers. “As unbelievable as it appears, the free delivery of Amazon.fr is threatened,” he wrote in the French-language note.

Thanks to Gene Berkman (a minor competitor of Amazon).

6:06 pm on January 16, 2008
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