Only in France

via Boing Boing

Only the Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys could stuff up so badly.

 A French commercial court has found Google guilty of abusing the dominant position of its Google Maps application and ordered it to pay a fine and damages to a French mapping company.

In a ruling Tuesday, the Paris court upheld an unfair competition complaint lodged by Bottin Cartographes against Google France and its parent company Google Inc. for providing free web mapping services to some businesses.

The court ordered Google to pay 500,000 euros ($660,000) in damages and interest to the plaintiff and a 15,000 euro fine.

The French company provides the same services for a fee and claimed the Google strategy was aimed at undercutting competitors by temporarily swallowing the full cost until it gains control of the market.

“This is the end of a two-year battle, a decision without precedent,” said the lawyer for Bottin Cartographes, Jean-David Scemmama.

“We proved the illegality of (Google’s) strategy to remove its competitors… the court recognised the unfair and abusive character of the methods used and allocated Bottin Cartographes all it claimed. This is the first time Google has been convicted for its Google Maps application,” he said.

A Google France spokesman said the company would appeal.

Of course Google could tell the Frnech to nick off, refuse to supply services to their piss-ant failed country and watch as they get left behind.

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  • ConwayCaptain

    The Poison Dwarf of the Elysee Palace has decided to bring in a transaction tax on all financial transactions in France.

    Now wait an dsee how many Fr Banks up sticks and moved to Perfide Albion.

    The French are the most socialist counrty in Europe with subsidies etc.  You can bet your bootom centime that the deal to sell Rafale Jets to India was bought about by underhand dealing with bribes and subsidies from the French Govt.  Lovely country but pity about the populace.

    • Gazzaw

      And then there’s Airbus & the shipyards…………..

    • AnonWgtn

      The dwarf can do what he likes – the banking fraternity of London and Frankfurt are delighted as funds are already moving out of France.
      Lovely country and food – but the french men – ugh !

  • A-random-reader

    Google makes hundreds of millions of Euros each year selling ads in the French market.

    So they’re not going to pull up their sticks and leave.

    This is just one of the costs of doing business in that part of the world.

  • Anonymous

    How different is this from Microsoft embedding for free Internet Explorer with Windows. Wasn’t that also slapped down for being anti-competitive?

    • Auto_immune

      It was.  Hence now, in european versions of Windows, there’s an icon on the desktop telling you about “Browser Choice”