France fines Google $167 million over anti-competitive behavior
France has fined Google $167 million for engaging in anti-competitive behavior and for having unclear advertising on its Google Ads page.
Isabelle de Silva, who leads France’s competition authority, told reporters that Google had “extraordinary” dominance over online advertising, with about 90 percent of market share, Reuters reported Friday.
Google will reportedly appeal the fine. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.
The fine comes after France and the U.S. have sparred over the European country’s attempts to regulate revenue in the tech industry.
France this year levied a 3 percent tax on companies that provide digital services, a move seen as targeting big tech firms.
The Trump administration has argued that U.S. companies are being unfairly singled out. In response, the U.S. has threatened tariffs on $2.4 billion in French goods, including wine and cheese.
France’s data protection watchdog earlier this year fined Google for breaking the European Union’s online privacy rules.