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Amazon's French Disconnection

Posted at 2:48PM Friday 11 Jul 2014

Effective yesterday, Amazon ended all book discounts in France and "began charging a token penny for shipping books" in response to a new French law that "essentially forbids online booksellers from applying government-regulated discounts to the cover prices of books. They can mark down shipping under the new law—often called the 'Anti-Amazon' law—but they cannot offer it free," the Wall Street Journal reported. "We're sadly no longer authorized to offer you a 5% discount on books," Amazon said on its French website.

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