It's war on Apple as the French Government is Suing Apple over the App Store
This morning Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple has gone on a Full-Tilt Offensive against a series of Antitrust Bills to be voted on by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee today." Without a doubt, the App Store is under attack on many fronts.
Beyond the EU Commission looking to dismantle the App Store, it's now being reported by Reuters that "France is suing Apple over allegedly abusive contractual terms imposed on developers and startups that seek to sell their apps on the tech giant's App Store, a spokesperson for the finance ministry's consumer fraud watchdog told Reuters.
The lawsuit comes after a three-year probe by the DGCCRF watchdog, which comes under the remit of Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, who ordered the investigation. This shouldn't come as a surprise as Patently Apple posted a report in September 2020 titled "France is Preparing a Major Strike against U.S. Tech Companies later this year or in 2021, with Apple being their #1 Target" with Bruno Le Maire leading the charge.
In respect to this latest suit, France's leading startup lobby France Digitale has joined the case, according to a court document seen by Reuters.
The case will be heard at Paris' commercial court on Sept. 17, a spokesperson for the court said."