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French lawmakers adopt ‘anti-Amazon’ bill

26
Jun
2014

French lawmakers adopted a bill on Thursday that will prevent Amazon and other online giants from offering free deliveries of discounted books, in a bid to support the countrys small bookshops. The Senate gave its approval for the bill, which had already been unanimously backed in the lower house National Assembly, and it is expected to be signed into law by President Francois Hollande within the next two weeks. The bill bans online giants such as Amazon from delivering books without charge, but still allows them to set discounts of up to five percent, the maximum allowed under existing French legislation. Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti welcomed the parliamentary approval, saying it showed the nations deep attachment to books.

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