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France beats Apple with record fine

France fined Apple on Monday about $ 1.2 billion for alleged anti-competitive practices.

The French Competition Authority

It issued the € 1.1 billion fine, the largest ever to be imposed on a single company, after finding the culprit behind the cartels and abusing the financial dependency of its resellers. French officials also fined two Apple wholesalers for a total of € 139 million, or roughly $ 155 million.

"Apple and its two wholesalers agreed not to compete and prevent distributors from competing with each other, thus sterilizing the wholesale market for Apple products," Isabelle de Silva, president of the competition authority, said in a translated press release.


Tech Data and Ingram Micro, based in the United States, implemented the "Product and customer allocation mechanisms" Apple developed rather than set its own policy, according to French officials. The authority said it fined Tech Data 76.1 million euros, while Ingram Micro was fined 62.9 million euros.

Apple also caused supply problems and "Discriminatory treatment" for company resellers, according to the competition authority.

Apple said

In your most recent quarterly report that "Strongly disagrees" with the allegations of the competition authority. A company spokesperson told him that he plans to appeal and called the decision of "Discouraging".

"It ties in with the practices of more than a decade ago and rules out thirty years of legal precedent in which all companies in France rely on an order that will cause chaos for companies in all industries," Apple spokesman said.

French officials

They also imposed a fine of € 25 million on Apple in February for software updates that would likely curb older iPhones.