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New survey reveals another reason to move to Lyon

If you want to set up a business in France, there is only one city you should think about going to, apparently.

New survey reveals another reason to move to Lyon
The beautiful city of Lyon, which is also very business friendly too. Photo: Fred Po/Flickr

For the fourth consecutive year Lyon has ranked as the most business-friendly city in France.

The city in central France came on top against the likes of Lille and Bordeaux after finishing top in the three categories: training, infrastructure and ecosystem.

Paris wasn’t included in the rankings by L'Entreprise-L'Expansion et Ellisphere, because of the concentration of assets in the Ile-de-France region around the capital or in other words it's not fair because the French capital is so dominant.

The rankings looked at everything from number of students in the cities, the number of graduates from business courses to the amount of time it takes to get to Paris by train, whether there are any sea or river ports, the presence of an international airport to the presence of tech incubators and unemployment rates.

The survey also looked at how profitable businesses were on average as well as the rate of companies going bust and the number of new firms being set up.

Lyon, which is just under two hours away by train from Paris and is served by Lyon-Saint-Exupéry international airport, scored highly in all the categories.

The city is home to several universities, which makes it a popular place for students and is within striking distance of both the Alps and the Mediterranean.

It also stands on two rivers – the Rhône and the Saône – which is one more than Paris.

Its population is 1.3million which makes it France’s second city.

The rankings are another feather in the cap for Lyon, which back in December was ranked top for France's most attractive city and this time the competition included Paris.

With Lyon, Lille and Toulouse taking the top three places in the rankings, the next four positions were occupied by Bordeaux, Marseille, Nantes and Nice.

France’s smaller cities were also ranked on the same basis, with Rennes, in Brittany coming out on top ahead of Montpellier and Grenoble.

SEE ALSO: Eight reasons to leave Paris for Lyon

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French court hands Amazon €90,000-per-day fine over contracts

French authorities on Wednesday slapped a €90,000-per-day fine on e-commerce giant Amazon until it removes abusive clauses in its contracts with businesses using its platform to sell their goods.

French court hands Amazon €90,000-per-day fine over contracts

The anti-fraud Direction générale de la concurrence, de la consommation et de la répression des fraudes (DGCCRF) service said the online sales giant’s contracts with third-party sellers who use its Amazon.fr website contain “unbalanced” clauses.

“The company Amazon Services Europe did not comply completely with an injunction it was served and it is now subject to a fine of €90,000 per day of delay” in applying the changes, the DGCCRF said in a statement.

It also urged the platform to conform with European rules on equity and transparency for firms using online platforms.

Amazon said the order would harm consumers.

“The changes imposed by the DGCCRF will stop us from effectively protecting consumers and permit bad actors to set excessive prices or spam our clients with commercial offers,” the e-commerce giant said in a statement.

“We will comply with the DGCCRF’s decision but we absolutely do not understand it and we are challenging it in court,” responded the e-commerce giant in a statement.

Amazon said the clauses that the DGCCRF has ordered removed had, for example “prevented the appearance of exorbitant prices for mask and hydroalcoholic gel during the pandemic”.

In 2019, Amazon was fined €4 million for “manifestly unbalanced” contract clauses with third-party sellers on its site in a case brought by the DGCCRF.

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