US electronics giant Apple is being sued in France over an abusive business practices case. In fact, the commercial court took over a complaint from the France Digitale association and the DGCCRF (Directorate-General for Competition, Consumption and the Suppression of Fraud).
More than three years that the DGCCRF has been investigating this issue
The latter accuse Apple of having imposed abusive contractual conditions on mobile application developers in its application market. Note that this is not the first time this topic has been mentioned in the French press. In fact, the DGCCRF has been investigating this issue for more than three years. In 2018, the American tech giants, namely Apple and Google, were sued by France for the same reasons. Bruno Le Maire, then Minister of Economy, indicated that “the conclusions of the DGCCRF are final. The practices of Google and Apple towards developers are against commercial rules ”.
“Unbalanced contractual conditions”
However, for the case to go to court, the authorities had to find a whistleblower. The France Digitale association is committed to assuming this responsibility. This, unlike the case of Google, which did not find a whistleblower. According to Nicolas Brien, president of the European Start-Up Network, “France is getting to the bottom of the problem. Apple can only impose a 30% commission on the App Store because it has tied startups with unbalanced contractual conditions. ” According to him, “the App Store is literally a store” and must comply with the law that governs, for example, relations between small producers and a hypermarket. As a reminder, the hearing will take place on September 17, 2021.