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Google Maps Fined $650,000 In France

Sites include . Published on February 17th, 2012. Written by Anthony West.

Google must feel that France is just a terrible place for it to do business after it was hit with yet another fine by a French court.

The latest fine is connected with its enterprise cartography service, Google Maps. At issue is the fact that some companies can use it freely in France, while competing cartographers aren’t able to compete with their paid services. The suit was brought by French cartography company Bottin Cartographes, who cited that Google’s liberal provision of Google Maps is hurting its business.

The ruling by the French court was swift and Google was slapped with a 500,000 Euros fine. A Google spokesman swiftly hit back and made it clear that the company intends to challenge the latest ruling. According to the spokesman, “We will appeal this decision. We remain convinced that a free high-quality mapping tool is beneficial for both Internet users and websites. There remains competition in this sector for us, both in France and internationally.”

It’s hard to tell if the decision against Google was just an appendage to the general anti-Google sentiment that is present in much of Europe. Google Maps after all is free service throughout Google’s operating domain. Should it now start charging fees just because an existing company charges for the same service?

Is the French court out of order for ruling against Google this time? Let us know below.

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