The French government is digging in its heels.
After a meeting today with Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, French President Francois Hollande reiterated the government’s plans to create a new law to force Google to pay when it links to newspaper websites.
The spat has been going on for a few weeks, since the French government first proposed a law that would require search engines to pay to link to content.
After the original back and forth, plans were made for today’s meeting in Paris. As Reuters is reporting, President Hollande didn’t back down. The president reiterated that France would move ahead with the law if Google and French press organizations can’t reach a deal that would involve Google paying to link to them. He wants to see a deal in place by the end of the year.
Google quickly responded to the idea a couple weeks ago, saying such a law would threaten the company’s existence and saying it will simply stop linking to news sites if the law passed. We’ve reached out to see if the company has anything new to say after today’s meeting, but I suspect Google is also digging in its heels, too.