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France Sues Google Over Google Maps Being Free

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In one of the strangest news reports (at least for this week), a French court is suing Google because their Google Maps service is free and that is an unfair business practice for French mapping companies that charge for the same service. Google has been fined $660,000 for its infraction again the French.

Quote from [URL="http://searchengineland.com/french-court-fines-google-660000-dollars-google-maps-109930"]Mashable[/URL]:
"According to [URL="http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/france-finds-google-maps-guilty-of-unfair-competition-asks-to-pay-660000-in-damages/articleshow/11715378.cms"]The Economic Times[/URL], the French commercial court “upheld an unfair competition complaint lodged by Bottin Cartographes against Google France and its parent company Google Inc. for providing free web mapping services to some businesses.”Bottin Cartographes provides mapping services for a cost, and [URL="http://www.1bis.com/pro/references.asp?lang=EN"]its website[/URL] boasts several business clients such as Louis Vuitton, Airbus and several automobile manufacturers."

Evidently, the French really have a problem with Google:

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