Google to Challenge $590Mln Fine Imposed by France, Reports Say

© AP Photo / Virginia MayoIn this March 23, 2010, file photo, the Google logo is seen at the Google headquarters in Brussels. Germany’s finance minister on Wednesday welcomed an agreement requiring large companies in the European Union to reveal how much tax they paid in which country.
In this March 23, 2010, file photo, the Google logo is seen at the Google headquarters in Brussels. Germany’s finance minister on Wednesday welcomed an agreement requiring large companies in the European Union to reveal how much tax they paid in which country. - Sputnik International, 1920, 01.09.2021
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Google will challenge a 500 million euro ($591 million) fine slapped by the French antitrust regulator in July over the company's non-compliance with an order to present proposals to remunerate publishers for reuse of their content, Le Monde reported on 1 September.
"We disagree with some legal issues and consider the amount of the fine disproportionate given the efforts we have made [to comply with the order]," Google France CEO Sebastien Missoffe said in a press release, as quoted by the newspaper.
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In 2019, France's General information Press Alliance filed a complaint against Google for its refusal to operate under the European legislation on neighboring rights, designed to make digital corporations account for their use of media content online.
The French antitrust regulator gave Google two months to come up with a remuneration offer, and threatened to impose a daily fine of up to 900,000 euros if it failed to do so.
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