PARIS (Reuters) – France is pushing for the European Union to regulate global internet companies like Google Inc (GOOG.O), Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) and Facebook Inc (FB.O) more aggressively, to counter their growing dominance over online commerce and services.
In an interview published by Liberation newspaper on Thursday, France’s minister for the digital economy, Fleur Pellerin, said Europe needed new regulatory powers to intervene much earlier, to level the playing field in the internet economy and allow the emergence of alternatives in Europe to U.S. Web giants.
“Level the playing field.”
You know what that means, right?
Yep. “Paying off the bribes we received to cripple their competition.”