The repression of fraud accuses the French subsidiary of Amazon of abusive clauses in its contracts with merchants using its platform.
Lhe repression of fraud (DGCCRF) is about to announce a fine of 3.3 million euros against Amazon France, sanctioned for “unfair” clauses in its contracts with merchants who sell products on its platform, according to the daily The echoes. Asked by Agence France-Presse on Tuesday evening, the DGCCRF has not yet confirmed the information.
A spokesperson for Amazon France for his part acknowledged that the company was subject to a “penalty”, but refused to reveal the precise amount. In mid-April, the DGCCRF announced that it was sanctioning the e-commerce giant with a fine of 90,000 euros per day due to “unbalanced and non-compliant clauses in contracts with third-party sellers of the Amazon.fr platform”.
According The echoes, the repression of fraud particularly accuses the American company of being able to “modify or terminate a contract without notice” and to prohibit third-party merchants from “prospecting with customers they have won via Amazon.fr”. Also in the spring, the DGCCRF also ordered the platform to comply with the European regulation “promoting fairness and transparency for companies using online intermediation services”.
Amazon disputes the fine
An injunction that Amazon was slow to implement according to The echoes, hence the fine of 3.3 million euros. “The penalty relates to a period of a few weeks after the date of March 22, when the DGCCRF unilaterally considered that we were not in compliance with the injunction”, indicates one at Amazon France.
“The DGCCRF recognized in May that the changes we put in place in April comply with its injunction,” adds the same source. “However, we remain in disagreement with the DGCCRF on its conclusions, its decisions and the related penalty, and we challenge each of them before the courts”, concludes the spokesperson for Amazon France.
In 2019, the Paris Commercial Court, seized by the repression of fraud, had condemned Amazon to a fine of 4 million euros for “manifestly unbalanced” contractual clauses towards companies using its platform.