France protects independent bookshops from Amazon
by FFE EU News Staff
Independent bookshops all over France have once again received the support of the French legislative body against big retailers that threaten to run them out of business. On Wednesday, the Senate approved a bill that stops online retailers like Amazon from offering free delivery.
Traditional bookshops have called out online retailers for endangering their business by offering a five percent discount on books plus free shipping. In the new bill, which was approved by the Lower House in 2013, online retailers are now forbidden to ship to France for free.
The bill was presented by centre-right opposition UMP party which tweaked one clause in the existing 1981 bill that bans large retailers from giving more than five percent discount on books. In the new bill, retailers are not permitted to offer five percent discount and free shipping at the same time.
The National Assembly has yet to give the bill the final approval. But with support from both the National Assembly and the Senate, the 3,500 French independent bookshops will surely benefit from this victory.