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The Telegraph reports that Amazon is responding to the French legislation banning online websites from offering free shipping in combination with a five percent discount by charging French customers just one cent for delivery.

The move, the story says, risks "a standoff with French authorities."

According to the Telegraph, Amazon says on its French website that "we are unfortunately no longer allowed to offer free deliveries for book orders. We have therefore fixed delivery costs at one centime per order containing books and dispatched by Amazon to systematically guarantee the lowest price for your book orders.”
KC's View:
Sacré bleu!

I have this image of Inspector Clouseau showing up at Amazon's French headquarters and announcing, "I arrest you all in the name of the leahw!"