France fines Google $268m for unfair trade practices

France fines Google $268m for unfair trade practices

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Paris, June 7

France’s anti-competition watchdog decided on Monday to fine Google 220 million euros ($268 million) for abusing its “dominant position” in the online advertising business, an unprecedented move, the body said.

Practices used by Google “are particularly serious because they penalise Google’s competitors” in certain markets and publishers of mobile sites and applications, the statement by the Competition Authority said.

“The authority recalls that a company in a dominant position is subject to a particular responsibility, that of not undermining,” the statement said. — AP

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