French tourism association loses CJEU case against Airbnb

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The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that Airbnb was an online platform and not a property agent, thus rejecting a move by French tourism professionals to force the US online property rental firm to abide by the stiff regulations applied to the broader rental trade.

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France’s ‘AHTOP’ tourism association urged the French government to take action after US homesharing site Airbnb won its battle to remain exempt from onerous European property regulations, reports Reuters.