French Parliament Passes “Anti-Amazon Law”

by Rachel Baker on June 30, 2014

France, looking out for the small bookshops – Great Job, French people!

On June 26th, French parliament members passed a law forbidding a combined 5% discount and free shipping on books.

After a final unanimous vote by the senate, the Parliament adopted the so-called “Anti-Amazon Law,” that will abolish free shipping for books purchased online and shipped to France. (Note: the 1981 Lang law established a prix unique du livre –“single book price”—allowing for a maximum discount of 5% on books under certain conditions.)

The “Anti-Amazon Law,” pushed for by the UMP, was created to prevent ecommerce sites like Amazon from stamping out the iconic network of independent French bookshops that currently struggle to compete.

Here’s the Article:
French Parliament Passes “Anti-Amazon Law” for Online Book Sales

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