Le Figaro and L'Équipe accuse Apple of abuse of a dominant position

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Le Figaro and LÉquipe accuse Apple of abuse of a dominant position

Apple holds a “deliberate, anti-competitive and unjustifiable monopoly”, believe the French newspapers Le Figaro and L'Équipe.

The daily newspapers Le Figaro and < em>The Team, along with other mobile news apps, have filed lawsuits against Apple. These French media accuse the Apple brand of having violated competition law with its monopoly on the distribution of applications on the huge market represented by iPhones.

Apple has a deliberate, anti-competitive and unjustifiable monopoly, believe the two French newspapers, members of GESTE, an association that represents publishers of online content and services, according to the complaint filed in a San Jose court.< /p>

Like many other developers around the world, they criticize Apple for offering only one way to access users of the brand's devices: the #x27;App Store, essential application download platform.

The front pages of “L'Équipe” and “Figaro” the day after the attack on the satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo”, the January 7, 2015.

The Californian technology giant controls this platform of commission payments that publishers must pay to it on all purchases of their customers, 30%, with exceptions.

Apple s&#x27 ;is cornered the market for distributing apps on iOS…but not because it built the best store, argues the lawsuit.

Apple has deliberately constructed a monopoly by blocking potential competition through technical means and contracts with developers.

The actions of x27;Apple are designed to destroy competition, say their lawyers.

They are asking for a trial by jury, and are seeking an injunction from the judge to compel Apple to change its practices, as well as damages.

Their complaint cites excerpts from the judgment rendered after the lawsuit between Apple and Epic Games, the publisher of the video game phenomenon Fortnite.

“Fortnite” is one of the most popular games in the world.

Epic filed a lawsuit in 2020 against the manufacturer of iPhone for abuse of a dominant position, accusing it of exercising a monopoly on the purchase of goods and services in its online store.

In November 2021, a US federal judge ordered Apple to allow an alternative payment system within the App Store, but also ruled that Epic had failed to prove that Apple had violated competition law.

The company assures that the App Store is the best possible guarantee in terms of payment security and of data privacy, and that allowing apps to be downloaded outside of this platform would pose risks.

More than a billion people in the world use an iPhone, according to the Backlinko firm.

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