Google appeals against 500 Mn euro French antitrust fine

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Google has filed an appeal against the 500 million euro fine brought by the French antitrust watchdog over a copyright dispute related to the tech giant not paying a local media for news content.

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The French antitrust body fined Google for failing to comply with its orders on how to conduct the talks with publishers. The Competition Authority said that the appeal would not delay the fine, which the US tech company must still pay, reports The Guardian.“We disagree with a number of legal elements, and believe that the fine is disproportionate to our efforts to reach an agreement and comply with the new law. We continue to work hard to resolve this case and put deals in place,” the report quoted Sebastien Missoffe, Google France head as saying.