According to the BBC News website, the French Minister for Culture, said last June that "Today, everyone has had enough of Amazon." This is part of a story on a bill, apparently already halfway through the Assemblée nationale and with broad support, designed to further restrict discounting of books and clearly hitting primarily at Amazon.
My question is whether it's better to support local bookshops by insisting on high prices, which may or may not be legal under EU law, or to make books more accessible to the wider market by allowing prices to be seriously discounted, to the possible detriment of local bookshops and the communities they support.
Assuming this bill becomes law, what impact do people think it might have on their lives and communities? Are there other areas where this kind of "protectionism" might be invoked? Might Amazon respond by extending their Free "Super Saver" delivery service for purchases over £25 to France? (It currently covers 11 European countries, including Belgium, Iceland & Poland.)