France’s Soft-wheat Exports Rose 23% In August On Algeria Demand

France takes aim at Amazon to protect local bookshops

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Exports of soft wheat jumped to 1.78 million metric tons in the month from 1.45 million tons in August 2012, trade data published by the government today showed. Shipments more than doubled from 828,526 tons in July. France exported 17.1 million tons of soft wheat in 2012-13 as well as 1.59 million tons of the harder durum variety used to make pasta and couscous. That made the country the worlds fourth-biggest wheat shipper behind the U.S., Australia and Canada , based on International Grains Council estimates. Algeria was the biggest client for French soft wheat in August, with deliveries rising 39 percent to 728,140 tons. That was the biggest monthly volume shipped to the North African country since at least 1988, Eurostat data show. Algeria is Africas second-largest wheat importer behind Egypt , according to the IGC. Soft-wheat exports to Belgium , Frances second-biggest destination in August, rose 2 percent to 130,419 tons, while shipments to the U.K. surged 79 percent to 83,647 tons. Durum wheat shipments were little changed from a year earlier at 88,835 tons, barley exports dropped 11 percent to 486,718 tons and corn cargoes rose 7.4 percent to 435,429 tons. To contact the reporter on this story: Rudy Ruitenberg in Paris at rruitenberg@bloomberg.net To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at ccarpenter2@bloomberg.net

The law is part of France’s broader regulation of book prices and curbs on discounting, which was passed in 1981 by the Socialist government at the time to protect small bookshops from supermarket chains. In the past decade, online outlets have challenged physical bookstores, prompting French publishers to lobby for a change in the law to stop what they call Amazon’s “dumping” and “unfair competition”. According to a French parliamentary report, online book sales rose to 13.1 percent of total book sales in 2011 from 3.2 percent in 2003. The country is still home to more bookstores than most countries with 2,000-2,500 in a country of 65 million people, compared with 1,000 in Britain, which has roughly the same-sized population. “The (book pricing) law is part of our cultural heritage,” said conservative lawmaker Christian Kert who sponsored the bill. France’s lower chamber, with the support of the Socialist government, passed the law unanimously. It will now go to the Senate, which is expected to pass it by the end of the year. For its part, Amazon said the law would have the perverse effect of hurting sales of books from the back catalogue and from smaller publishing houses, which were often bought online. “All measures that aim to raise the price of books sold online will curb the ability of French people to buy cultural works and discriminates against those who buy online,” it said. The proposed law is only the latest example of France taking aim at U.S.-based Internet giants. Last week the country’s data protection watchdog moved closer to fining Google for the way it stores and tracks user information after the search engine ignored a three-month ultimatum to bring its practices in line with local law. France has called on the European Union to regulate global Internet companies such as Google, Amazon and Facebook more aggressively, to counter their growing dominance of online commerce and services. It is pushing within the OECD and G20 organizations to tighten tax rules to make sure that Internet companies cannot avoid tax by locating their headquarters in low-cost EU countries. Amazon and Google are subject of ongoing tax audits in France.