FILE PHOTO: A Google booth is seen during the China Digital Entertainment Expo and Conference (ChinaJoy) in Shanghai, China-August 2, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer
PARIS (Reuters) – France is pushing for the creation of a European regulator for digital platforms, as well as a Google penalty is the possibility of abuse of power, a French presidency official said on Tuesday, citing a dispute with the EU legislation on copyright, as an example.
Google announced last month that it would end with the showing of the news clips from European publishers and to the search for the French users, in order to comply with the new Eu legislation on copyright, questions, anger and rage in Paris.
“A large American company, Google, has announced that it will not comply with EU copyright directive,” the official told reporters. “France and Germany share the view that we have to put an end to this illegal practice.”
France said it would push for the incoming European Commission to create a special status for the digital platforms have been modeled on that of the banking sector, which includes companies such as Google, would be considered to be “systemic” and regulated as such.
The regulator would be in a position to take the blow of the sanctions and / or penalties to the business, the French official added, so that there is more meat on the proposal of the President and Emmanuel Macron, made in the year.
“In the short term, we would like the European Commission…. in order to see whether we can take legal action against Google, it is also possible,” the French official said, adding that France and Germany would discuss the issue at a meeting held in Toulouse, France, on Wednesday.
Reporting by Michel Rose, editing by Ed Osmond