French lawmakers in bid to save local bookstores target Amazon, other sites
AFPPARIS--French lawmakers are set to move against the likes of Amazon on Thursday with a bill aimed at supporting small bookstores struggling in the face of giant online retailers, members of parliament said.
October 4, 2013, 12:17 am TWN
The bill, which was crafted by the main opposition right-wing UMP party but also has the support of lawmakers on the left, aims to put an end to what some criticize as unfair competition for traditional bookstores.
It will seek to restrict the likes of Amazon from combining offers of free deliveries with discounts of up to five percent on books, which is allowed under existing French legislation.
The bill is expected to be adopted by France's lower house National Assembly later Thursday, lawmakers said.