Paris (EFE) .- France plans to force Amazon and other platforms to set a minimum of three euros for shipping costs for book purchases, a measure that seeks to protect traditional bookstores and encourage order grouping as a gesture ecological.

The Ministries of Economy and Finance and Culture announced on Friday that they will follow the recommendation of the Authority for the regulation of electronic communications, post offices and press distribution to establish this minimum rate for shipping costs for orders up to 35 EUR.

The measure completes a law passed in 2021 that prevents companies from giving away book shipping costs to balance the competition of the publishing sector in the digital age against the power of online giants like Amazon against traditional bookstores.

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After consultations with the sector, the sale of books online will be subject to a minimum cost of at least three euros, including taxes, for any purchase of less than 35 euros, without affecting in-store withdrawal orders.

This measure will mainly affect giants like Amazon, which are able to bill the home delivery service with amounts like a euro cent, as it has done so far.

France will notify this provision to the European Commission and, once the green light has been obtained from Brussels, the minimum rate will enter into force six months after its publication in the Official Journal.

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