French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire criticized the European marketplace dominance of foreign firms, including U.S. tech firm Apple’s power in the digital arena and calling for the creation of more “European champions.”
The French finance minister cited Apple’s business operations as a particular area that has been bad for competitiveness in Europe. “Apple’s market capitalisation is now larger than the capitalisation of all the CAC 40,” he said, referring to the benchmark French stock market index.
MacDailyNews Take: Sounds like the CAC 40’s problem, not Apple’s.
“It is a competition issue when these companies develop strategies to lock in their users in their services and ecosystems,” Le Maire added, in a veiled reference to Apple’s app store operations, which has long been a source of frustration for Apple’s rival firms and for smaller companies seeking greater visibility on the platform. In June, the European Commission opened a formal antitrust probe into the app store to investigate whether Apple’s rules for the distribution of apps violate EU competition rules.
Swedish music streaming service Spotify has not held back on the criticism of the operation of the app store, complaining that Apple had been restricting rivals to its own music service, and hitting out at the high fees imposed on app developers.
MacDailyNews Take: Here’s a question: How much did it cost developers to have their applications burned onto CDs, boxed, shipped, and displayed on store shelves prior to Apple remaking the world for the better for umpteenth time?
There is a concern in the EU that some of the bloc’s smaller and innovative firms, which have lost market value due to the coronavirus outbreak, may be acquired by larger international companies. “We should not wait for all European companies to be overtaken by foreign giants to react,” Le Maire said on Tuesday. “This regulation would specifically target digital platforms that had acquired dominant positions on the market with significant network effects and acting as gatekeepers, it would prevent locking in, and predatory strategies with tailor-made and proportionate measures.”
MacDailyNews Take: As per Le Maire’s “marketplace dominance of Apple” hallucination, we present actual facts:
Mobile Operating System Market Share France, August 2020
• Android: 71.55%
• iOS: 27.99%
Mobile Operating System Market Share Europe, August 2020
• Android: 73.18%
• iOS: 26.39%