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France sets minimum delivery fees for books in struggle against Amazon | France

The government said France plans to impose a minimum delivery fee of 3 euros for online book orders of less than 35 euros to level the playing field for independent bookstores struggling to compete against e-commerce companies.

A 2014 French law prohibits free book delivery, but Amazon and other sellers, such as Fnac, circumvented this by charging only $1. Local bookstores usually charge up to €7 for shipping.

Legislation was passed in December 2021 to plug loophole 1 through minimum freight charges but cannot take effect until the government decides the size of those charges.

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“This will adapt the book industry to the digital age by restoring the balance between large e-commerce platforms, which provide virtually free delivery of books of any order, and bookstores that cannot match these delivery prices,” said the Ministries of Culture and Finance. .

They added that France will notify the European Commission of its plan and the minimum delivery fee will become effective six months after the approval of the European Union.

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