French regulator says Google must pay news sites to send them traffic

(arstechnica.com)

France's competition authority says that Google must go back to the bargaining table to negotiate a rate that the search giant will pay to link to articles on French news sites. So far, Google has flatly refused to pay fees to link to news articles, despite a new EU copyright directive designed to force Google to do so.

Guess a bunch of French news sites are about to be de-indexed. Oh well. No great loss. Every news site could be removed from the search engine and there would still be a billion results for every common query 🙄