How the French rose up against a huge Amazon logistics centre

France — Link

Protesters express concern over pollution and protected species in construction of huge centre for packing and delivery beside Lyon airport.

France hits Amazon and Google with 3pc digital tax

Économie et social — Link

The 'GAFA' taxwill apply to digital companies with global revenues of over 750 million euros and French revenue over 25 million euros.

France files complaint against Amazon for 'abusing dominant position'

International — Link

The French economy ministry has filed action in a Paris commercial court demanding a 10-million-euro fine against internet retail giant Amazon which it accuses of using its dominant position to impose allegedly unfair contracts with vendors using the platform.

France targets Airbnb in tax crackdown

France — Link

Economy minister Bruno Le Maire said France and Germany would join forces to tackle what he called 'digital platforms' escaping taxes on their business activities in France, notably citing Airbnb as a target.

Fordlandia: utopian industrial dream in the Amazon

International — Report

Ninety years ago the American car magnate Henry Ford created a town in the Amazon jungle in order to secure a supply of rubber for his vehicles' tyres. Today it is just a ghost town, another example of the hubris so commonly associated with this region of the world. Mediapart's Thomas Cantaloube reports from Brazil on whether the lessons of that failed venture have truly been learned.

French oil firm's polluting presence in Peruvian Amazon


The French oil company Maurel & Prom has come under fire from French and local non-governmental organisations after it abruptly left a drilling platform in the Peruvian Amazon that was no longer deemed economically viable following the fall in world oil prices. In particular it has been accused of leaving behind environmental problems and of playing down the risks of pollution to local communities. Meanwhile the French Parliament has been considering a law that would force multinationals to operate a “vigilance plan” to avoid environmental and other problems in the future. Karl Laske reports.

Amazon counter-attacks French ban on free deliveries

France — Link

In response to new law the online bookseller is now charging customers in France just one centime for books dispatched to their homes.

French senators pass ‘anti-Amazon’ law to protect small retailers

France — Link

France's upper chamber has approved a bill that would ban online book retailers - such as Amazon - from offering free delivery.

France protests Amazon UK ban on foie gras

International — Link

Online retailer has banned sale of foie gras on its British website following animal rights campaign accusing producers of 'very un-British' cruelty.

France approves 'anti-Amazon' bill

France — Link

Law to save bookships will restrict companies such as Amazon from combining offers of five percent discounts with free deliveries.

French oppose digital revolution to protect culture and language

Culture et idées — Link

In latest attack culture minister accuses Amazon of destroying bookshops as France wages war against the cultural impact of the internet.

France claims Amazon owes $252m in tax

Économie et social — Link

Claim against internet retailer is part of a wider French crackdown on multinational companies that channel profits through low-tax countries.