French authorities offer to protect national business from unfair competition Google

    The French Senate supported the bill on the control of search engine algorithms. It is suggested that this proposal may weaken Google’s position in the French market. The idea of ​​the project is for search engines to reveal their algorithms or pay a fine of 10% of their global income. The bill has not yet been adopted - it will be discussed in the lower house of the French Parliament.

    The initiator of the project was Senator Catherine Moren-Desely. She believes that Google deliberately underestimates the position of competing services in search results. Recall that recently, Megamind wrote about the start of a trial between the European antitrust regulator and Google.

    According to Moren-Deseli, Europe does not quickly solve the problem with Google, so you should "support national business now." In this case, it is proposed to place links to at least three competitors on the main page of search engines. Moreover, one of the competitors should be a national search engine.

    France has its own Qwant search engine . The Ministry of Education plans to introduce it in educational institutions.

    The new bill has both supporters and opponents, Techcrunch reports . The French Minister of Economics, Emmanuel Macron, for example, believes that such measures should be agreed with the European Commission. Consideration of the bill is scheduled for late April.

    This is not the first attempt of such a "support of national business." In 2009, a French court banned Google from digitizing books . In 2012, they demanded from Google a tax on the use of French press materials in Google News.

    In 2013, the French Broadcasting Council recommended taxing YouTube . Last year, authorities banned Amazon’s online store from offering discounts and free book delivery in France.

    This year, the loud story with the Uber taxi service reached its climax. Fourteen French taxis in an ultimatum demand that Uber cease operations in France, as it damages national taxis.

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