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France fines Apple for anti-competitive behaviour

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Published on Mar 16, 2020

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France fines Apple for anti-competitive behaviour

Today, Apple has received a fine of $ 1.1 billion from France. The French authorities have stated that the company has created arrangements illegal within his network of distribution, and abuse of “economic dependence” of independent retailers.

The decision comes from the French competition authorities after many years of investigation. In addition to the fine Apple, were also imposed fines on two local wholesalers for agreeing to illegally prices.

The fine is based on the relationship of Apple with the two distributors, Tech Data and Ingram Micro. These distributors were fined, respectively, to 76.1 million euros, and 62.9 million euros.

The French regulator said that Apple and the wholesalers agreed not to compete between them, staring actually, prices.

It is a sum of a record for France, even if the value of the fine is for many years of the alleged negligence. Apple said on CNBC that “the decision of the French competition authority is daunting. Refers to the practice of over a decade ago and discard 30 years of legal precedent on which all the French companies rely on. We are not totally agree with them and we plan to appeal. ”

This is the second fine French in as many months. In February, Apple was fined 25 million euros for the debacle of the limitation of the battery of the iPhone, that was seen as a form of “obsolescence forced” to because of poor communication from the company about how it had changed its policy software.

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