France fines Amazon €3.3m over 'unfair' contracts with third-party sellers


France’s consumer affairs and fraud watchdog on Wednesday announced plans to fine online retail giant Amazon 3.3 million euros over its use of third party sellers.

In a statement, the Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Prevention (DGCCRF) said the fine came after Amazon failed to respect a December 2021 order to modify a “significant imbalance” in its contracts that favoured the platform over third-party sellers.

The company’s France subsidiary had been given a 22 March deadline to comply with the order, the DGCCRF said, adding the e-commerce giant would now be penalised €90,000 for every day it failed to make the required changes.

'Fresh irregularities'

In 2019 Amazon was fined €4 million by the Paris Commercial Court over the conditions in its contracts with third-party sellers.

The DGCCRF said the penalty had been handed down for “various unfair clauses in the contracts that Amazon imposes on companies using its online marketplace”.

A new investigation launched in 2020 had subsequently discovered “fresh irregularities”, the watchdog added.

(with wires)

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