French court fines Apple for abusive practices in the App Store

The French commercial court in Paris today fined Apple $1 million for abusive practices in the App Store Reuters. According to the ruling, Apple imposed unfair trade clauses on French app developers for access to the “App Store”.

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The decision comes as a result of a multi-year investigation by the French Consumer Affairs and Fraud Inspectorate (DGCCRF), overseen by the French Ministry of Finance. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has campaigned for developer rights and believes Apple’s and Google’s app stores are exploiting software developers. His investigation found that there are “significant imbalances” in the relationship between Apple and Google and the developers who sell apps in those stores.

in one expression, Apple said it will review the court’s decision and continue working with French developers. The company also said it believes in “vibrant and competitive markets” that allow innovation to thrive.

We will closely review this French court decision and continue to work hard to support developers and provide users with a safe experience.

Through the App Store, we’ve helped French developers of all sizes share their passion and creativity with users around the world, while creating a safe and trusted place for customers.

The fine imposed on Apple is tiny compared to the company’s income, but it could potentially lead to orders to change the “App Store” rules.

Apple is processing several other inquiries regarding its “App Store” and business practices in France, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States, to name a few.

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