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French economy minister launches legal action over Amazon

French economy minister Bruno Le Maire has launched legal action against US e-commerce giant Amazon for imposing unfair commercial relationships onto suppliers in the country.

The lawsuit follows an investigation from the DGCCRF, the French body in charge of fraud control.

The DGCCRF said Mr Le Maire is seeking a fine of 10 million euro (£8.8 million).

DGCCRF investigators established that Amazon had imposed a series of abusive clauses on its commercial partners in France, including the possibility of changing or terminating contracts unilaterally.

The DGCCRF said the French government wants to "better regulate the activity of large digital platforms and to ensure greater transparency, balance and loyalty in their relations with companies".

Amazon said it does not comment on judicial proceedings.

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