Google Fined by France for Giving Free Google Maps Service

What’s wrong with France? Yes, this is exactly what… Google would be thinking this time. Google has been fined for $660,000 in France for providing free Google maps service.

The French mapping company complained that Google maps making its service default in order to breakdown its competitors and intend to achieve the full control of the market.

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The AFP has the news:

In a ruling Tuesday, the Paris court upheld an unfair competition complaint lodged by Bottin Cartographes against Google France and its parent company Google Inc. for providing free web mapping services to some businesses.

The court ordered Google to pay 500,000 euros ($660,000) in damages and interest to the plaintiff and a 15,000 euro fine.

The French company provides the same services for a fee and claimed the Google strategy was aimed at undercutting competitors by temporarily swallowing the full cost until it gains control of the market.

Paris’s commercial court seems to be bit freaking this time because there are some another big search engines who doing the same thing and providing free maps service like, Bing, Ask, Yahoo etc…but they are untouched with this penalty.

It seems that France has some enmity with Google because this is not the first time; France has penalized Google even previously France has done this with Google so many time though reasons were different but intentions were same like:

March 2011: A French court fined Google €100,000 for the collection of useful data from unencrypted WiFi networks while collecting images for Street View of Google Maps and in the same month that Google France was fined $ 430 000 in France for four violations of copyright in a separate case

September 2010: Google and CEO Eric Schmidt were found guilty of defamation for suggesting terms counting "rapist" and "satanist" when a query was done for the anonymous plaintiff’s name.

June 2010: Google AdWords was found to have mistreated their dominant position in the French market.

This is a history how much time France has penalized Google. What do you think? Will France continue this battle in Future or not? How more Google will suffer this penalization?

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