French government intervenes on Google and publishers dispute

The French government has warned Google that if it does not come to terms with French news publishers, it will adopt legislation forcing all search companies to pay for the right to cite headlines. Google has declined to comment on France’s position.

On Monday a meeting was held between French President François Hollande and Google executive Eric Schmidt at the Elysée presidential palace. President Hollande stated his desire for the dispute to be resolved by the end of the year.

"Dialogue and negotiations between partners appear to be the best option but, if that is necessary a law could be passed on this matter," said President Hollande in a statement.

Google had previously refused to comply with the proposed law, asserting it would, "threaten its own existence, and as a consequence would be forced to no longer link to French sites."

Google is also currently facing similar disputes in Brazil and Germany. The proposed French legislation follows the German government’s August ruling to draft a bill that will also force Google to pay commissions for content.

"It's not a secret that we think a law like the ones proposed in France and Germany would be very damaging to the Internet. We have said so publicly for three years," said Google in a previously dispatched email.

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