Google Threatens to Guillotine French Media Links

A proposed French law to require search engines to pay for content could prompt Google to exclude links to French media sites from its search results.

French newspapers have pushed for the law in order to boost sagging revenue, and this week Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti supported the idea in testimony to a parliamentary commission.

Google France responded to the proposal with a letter to relevant French ministries stating that it “cannot accept” the implications of having to pay to provide links in its search results and Google “as a consequence would be required to no longer reference French sites.”

Google said that such a move “would threaten its very existence” and “would be harmful to the internet, internet users and news websites that benefit from substantial traffic” from the popular search engine, which claimed to direct four billion clicks to French media pages each month.

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