It has been just over a month since we commented here on traffic ticket millionaire that Apple received in France due to the controversy of the batteries of older iPhones. It seems that this will not be the only money that the Apple will have to spend in the land of Croissant and guillotines.
According to the Reuters, French regulators will impose a new fine at Apple, this time on account of “anticompetitive practices in your sales and distribution network ”.
This does not explain the problem very deeply, but probably the French are aiming at App Store. The store, as is well known, has been a constant target of agencies and companies in several countries, with serious accusations that the company is favoring the distribution of its own apps and services over there, to the detriment of the competition.
The news should not be received exactly as a surprise in Cupertino. At its financial results conference last October, Apple mentioned the notification by a French body saying that some of its business practices violated the country’s anti-competitive laws; the fine, therefore, was only a matter of time – even though the Apple «strongly disagrees with the allegations», as said at the time.
There is still no information on the amount, but the competent French authorities are expected to announce more details about the decision next week. We’ll be connected.