In France, online retail giant Amazon and its peers must now choose between offering customers a 5-percent discount on books sold online or free delivery -- but can't provide both.
In an unusual show of unity, the French Senate unanimously approved early Thursday a bill to help struggling independent book shops facing pressure from online competitors that offer lower prices. France's lower house of parliament approved the bill last fall.
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Socialist Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti hailed the Senate vote as part of plans to support book shops in France -- including some 11 million euros in state financial support for independent booksellers.
The legislation doesn't specifically name Amazon, but a Senate rapporteur has said the U.S.-based giant has a 70-percent share of the growing online book-sale market in France.