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Google fined in France for offering free access to Google Maps

Google will have to pay an indemnity of 500,000 euros to a French company after losing, in the first instance, to a process in which it was accused of unfair competition, mainly for offering Google Maps as a free model.

According to the documents of the process, presented by Bottin Cartographes ? which charges a fee for access to online maps ? Google offers Google Maps free of charge to conquer the market and later put into practice an alleged ?financing model?.

In a statement by the AFP news agency, Bottin?s lawyer was pleased with the end of the process after a two-year battle. ?It was an unprecedented decision, we proved the illegality of the strategy [do Google] to end the competitors ?.

The Mountain View giant, however, has already informed the French press that it will appeal the decision.