France goes after Amazon’s books business – POLITICO

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PARIS — Who remembers that Amazon used to be an online bookshop? Well, France does.

In a fresh swipe at the e-commerce giant, French lawmakers will this week examine a draft law that would effectively stop Amazon from offering virtually free delivery for book purchases — a major selling point for the online platform versus traditional bookstores.

The draft law, which comes from the Senate and has the backing of President Emmanuel Macron himself, aims to protect brick-and-mortar shops from competition with Amazon, which has left them reeling. It’s the latest in a series of moves designed to shore up local culture against foreign tech firms, which has included backing press publishers against Google and Facebook, and supporting TV broadcasters against Netflix.

“The objective is to reduce the distortion of competition between online players who can offer book deliveries at…

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