Winner: French bookshops. Loser: Amazon?

Bookshops in France stand to benefit from market legislation on online booksellers (Richard Drew/Associated Press)

Bookshops in France stand to benefit from market legislation on online booksellers (Richard Drew/Associated Press)

Victoire pour les librairies?

Book sales at independent booksellers in France could perk up thanks to a bookshop-friendly new bill approved by the French Senate.

Although Amazon wasn't named specifically, the French Senate unanimously approved a bill to prohibit online booksellers to deliver books at no charge, the Associated Press reports.

The bill would permit online vendors like U.S.-based Amazon to keep delivery prices a little lower -- up to five per cent off regular delivery prices. Amazon.fr currently offers both a five per cent discount on books and free delivery. The bill could help some mom-and-pop booksellers avoid cost-cutting measures as they face major competition from online retailers.

If that weren't enough, the French government will support bookshops even further by offering state support to the tune of 11 million euros (about $15 million Cdn).

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