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French government protects readers from Amazon free shipping

January 16, 2008
Another government interferes with the operation of the market, this time for the purpose of "rescuing" customers and restoring high-overhead, Mère-et-Père (French for "money pit") bookstores to their rightful place of prominence in the French book market. In this case, the threat came in the form of dangerously inexpensive books from Amazon. Now, if the French regulators get their way, those French bargain seekers are going to have to pay for their books like every other respectable Frenchman--par le nez. (Thanks to Eric Garris.)

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