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Apple Orange exclusive iPhone deal toast in France

Apple’s exclusive deal with France Telecom’s Orange for iPhone distribution in the country has been provisionally suspended by French competition authorities.

Orange France plans to fight the suspension as it attempts to retain exclusive rights for distribution of the Apple handset.

France Telecom’s Orange said the decision by the competition council is “serious” and endangers commercial partnerships between telecom operators and telephone equipment companies, such as the one it secured with Apple, reports Dow Jones.

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Music France: Digital climbs, retail falls

France’s music market continued to decline in the first half of 2008, the latest figures from French music label trade association, SNEP confirm.

Released this week the data suggests that the wholesale value of the market decreased €278.7 million in the period – down 12.2%. Christophe Lameignere, chairman and CEO of Sony BMG France and president of SNEP, said the figures were not a surprise and stressed “We were more pessimistic in our forecasts.”
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