According to Reuters, a French commercial court in Paris fined Apple $1 million for misconduct in the App Store. According to the ruling, Apple imposed “offensive commercial terms” on French developers of apps that appear on the App Store.
This decision is the result of a multi-year investigation by the French Consumer and Fraud Office (DGCCRF) under the supervision of the French Ministry of Finance. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has championed developer rights and believes Apple and Google app stores are taking advantage of software developers. His investigation found that there is a “significant imbalance” between Apple and Google and the developers who sell apps in those stores.
Apple said in a statement that it will review the court’s decision and continue to work with French developers. The company also said it believes in “vibrant and competitive markets” that allow innovation to flourish.
We will carefully study this decision of the French court and continue to work hard to support the developers and ensure the safety of users. Through the App Store, we have helped French developers of all sizes share their passion and creativity with users around the world, creating a safe and secure place for customers.