France fined Apple $ 1.2 billion for antitrust violations

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LONDON, United Kingdom (CNN) – The French Competition Authority announced on Monday its decision to fine Apple with 1.1 billion euros, or 1.2 billion dollars, due to restrictions it placed in contracts with wholesalers, in the largest anti-monopoly fine ever imposed by the French authorities.

The country’s antitrust authority claimed that Apple and 2 wholesalers, Tech Data and Ingram Micro, agreed to “not compete” and as a result prevented distributors from competing with each other, “which led to the sterilization of the wholesale market for products Camel”.

Other distributors were then unable to offer promotional offers or lower prices, and “Apple misrepresented distributors economic” by subjecting them to “unfair and unfavorable business conditions”.

The fine follows a complaint from 2012, filed by Apple’s reseller, eBizcuss.com, which no longer works.

Apple described the fine in a statement as “frustrating,” adding that it plans to appeal.

A spokesman for “Apple” said the decision related to practices more than a decade ago, “and ignores 30 years of legal precedent upon which all companies in France depend, in a matter that would cause chaos for companies in all industries,” adding: “We are very proud Serving our French customers, we believe they should be allowed to choose the product they want, either through Apple retail stores or through our large network of sellers across the country. ”

This is the second time this year that a French regulatory agency has fined Apple, imposing a fine of 25 million euros, or 27.9 million dollars, to intentionally slow down old iPhones without informing customers.





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