Google challenges $591M French fine as part of broader antitrust war


Google plans to fight a $591 million fine that was levied by France’s antitrust watchdog earlier this summer over compensating publishers for news content — just one front in a broader battle that has the tech giant facing off against anti-monopoly regulators across the globe.

French authorities first levied the fine against Google in July, accusing the company of making money from news publishers’ content without negotiating to pay for it in good faith — a gripe similar to complaints made by regulators across Europe and Australia, as well as by politicians and publishers in the US.

Google said Wednesday that the punishment was unfair and said it will ask Paris’ court of appeal to overturn the fine.

“We disagree with a number of legal elements, and believe that the fine is disproportionate to our efforts to reach an agreement and comply with the new law,” said Sebastien Missoffe, head of Google France, on Wednesday.

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