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Google fined $592 million for non-compliance by French antitrust regulators

Google faces fines and further scrutiny by French regulators

French antitrust regulators have given Google two months to pay a $592 million fine for disregarding injunctions related to French news publication negotiations.

Google has been accused of not acting in good faith in its negotiations with news agencies and publishers. The search giant also refused to have a specific discussion about paying for news content online.

According to CNN Business, Google must pay a $592 million fine over its failure to comply with regulator's demands. The fine is representative of what is owed as compensation to the publishers for their content.

"When the regulator imposes obligations for a company, it must comply scrupulously, in both the spirit and letter." the antitrust agency's chief Isabelle de Silva said. "In this instance, this was unfortunately not the case."

Google has been facing heavy scrutiny in France over anti-competitive practices in search and news publication. In June, the company was also fined $267 million for abusing market power in online advertising.

Google did not protest the first fine, but it has issued a statement in regards to the latest antitrust charge. The company says it is "very disappointed" with the decision.

"We have acted in good faith throughout the entire process," a Google spokesperson said in a statement. "The fine ignores our efforts to reach an agreement, and the reality of how news works on our platforms."

Plans to pay the $592 million fine will have to be proposed within two months, or Google will receive additional penalties up to $1.1 million per day. It is unknown if Google intends to protest the fine or pay it in full.

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