French authorities on Wednesday fined Amazon 90,000 euros (about 7 7,476,100) a day until it removed the objectionable clauses in its agreement with the business using the business platform to sell their products.
The anti-fraud DGCCRF service says the online sales giant has “unbalanced” clauses with third-party vendors who use the Amazon.fr website.
“The company Amazon Services Europe fully complies with the ban it was granted and is now subject to a fine of up to 90,000 euros per day for delay,” the DGCCRF said in a statement.
It also called on online platforms to comply with European rules on equity and transparency for companies. Amazon says the order will hurt customers.
“The changes imposed by the DGCCRF will effectively prevent us from protecting consumers and allow bad actors to spam our clients with excessive pricing or commercial offers,” it says.
Amazon said that the clauses that the DGCCRF ordered to be removed, for example, “prevented the presence of extra prices for masks and hydroalcoholic gels during the epidemic”.
In 2019, Amazon was fined EUR 4 million (approximately Rs. 33.23298 crore) for the terms of a “publicly unbalanced” contract with third party vendors on its site in a lawsuit filed by DGCCRF.