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US News The company Booking condemned to pay 1.2 million euros of fine to Paris

21:20  18 october  2021
21:20  18 october  2021 Source:   liberation.fr

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La page d'accueil américaine du site Booking. © Raphael Lafargue The American home page of the site booking.

The Dutch company Booking.com BV, which holds the famous hotel reservation site at the same time, was sentenced on Monday to a fine of € 1.234 million for non-compliance with the Code of Tourism, which will be paid in full to the City of Paris. The judicial court of Paris considered that Booking had "unrecognized" certain provisions of the Code of Tourism by not transmitting several information to the municipality, including the number of days during which furnished tourism were the subject of a Rental.

The city of Paris, which asked for a fine of more than 150 million euros, had assigned booking before the civil justice in January, believing that it had not received the information requested "within the deadlines". "Booking.com demonstrates having, in a compliance process, transmitted the requested information", specifies the decision of the Tribunal, which considers, however, that the company a "Tardé" to communicate the data requested by the City of Paris.

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"Thus, contrary to the request submitted by the City of Paris which seeks dissuasive sanction, the pronounced fine must be fixed at a minor amount," explains the decision. The entire civilian fine will be donated to the city of Paris, "pursuant to the Code of Tourism".

booking that cries ...

"We are disappointed by the [...] decision on the sharing of data between booking.com and the city of Paris", commented on the Dutch company, which indicates working "in close collaboration with the city From Paris since then to guarantee the quality and effectiveness of the data we share and to ensure that we fully respect all our legal obligations in France ".

"In this case, the data required retroactively by law did not allow Booking.com to have the time needed to correctly meet the requirements of the Paris City of Shared Files", emphasized Booking. "Since then, we strive to continually improve the quality of the transmitted data, to the satisfaction of the city of Paris."

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Brossat who laughs

for his part, the Deputy Housing at the Mayor of Paris, Ian Brossat, greeted the decision on Twitter. The elected communist, which recalls that Airbnb has also been sentenced this summer for shortcomings, considers that the demonstration is made that "the law of the market is not greater than the law of the Republic".

After Airbnb, it is booking which is doomed to pay 1.234.000 euros fine to the city of Paris.

In cause: its refusal to send us the data required by law on its rentals.

that we say it: the law of the market is not greater than the law of the Republic.

- Ian Brossat (@ianbrossat) october 18, 2021

The booking site in lines booking had already been sentenced on 26 August to a record fine of 14.9 million euros by the anti-monopoly Russian (FAS ) To have "abused its dominant position". Booking.com "has abused its dominant position on the Russian market of online accommodation booking sites," denounced FAS, accusing it of having imposed on the hotels and hostels "L 'obligation to respect price parity ".

booking.com had already declared "disappointed" by this decision of the FAS. "We will appeal the fine", had indicated the company in a statement, cited by the official Russian TASS agency, defending an practice "just" of price parity.

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