Google says open to mediation in France media revenue row
PARIS (AFP) - Google said on Tuesday it was open to the idea of appointing a mediator to help end its bitter row with French news media sites that want to make the US Internet giant pay to display links to their content.
The battle has reached the highest levels of state here, with President Francois Hollande last month warning that his government would if necessary introduce a Bill to force Internet search engines to pay for media content.
Mr Alexandra Laferriere, an executive in the firm's French branch, said at a conference that the government had proposed nominating a mediator and that Google was "open to anybody who can help dialogue between us and editors".
Mr Hollande's remarks in October came following a meeting with Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt.