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Apple sets a record fine in France for unfair competition 1.1 billion euros

Apple has been fined a whopping 1.1 billion dollars in France – a record figure, for the transalpine cousins ​​- for unfair competition. The accusation is that he has entered into illegal agreements in his distribution network and that he has abused the strong economic leverage with independent retailers.

The French Antitrust investigations have been going on for years now, and have focused on the relationship between Apple and two of its wholesalers, namely Tech Data and Ingram Micro. The latter in turn received a fine of 76.1 and 62.9 million euros respectively, on charges of having agreed to do not compete with each other, in fact agreeing on prices (sign).

Apple called the sentence "disheartening" because it refers to practices implemented more than ten years ago and because it ignores over 30 years of legal precedents on which all French companies are based. As a result, Apple believes the decision will "wreak havoc" in all areas. Of course, he plans to appeal.

In any case, it is about second fine from France in a short time. The first, related to software updates that slowed down the iPhones, was announced in February, but the economic entity was much milder: 25 million dollars.