Google launches its News Showcase program in France

Google launched News Showcase in France, partnering with over 65 publishers representing over 130 publications to expand the program in the country. Now users in France will see panels populated with articles from participating publications when navigating to the News tab on Android, iOS or web, and in Discover on mobile platforms. The tech giant says its partners include not only national, but also regional and local outlets, including 20 minutes, La Dépêche, L’Equipe, L’Express, Le Figaro, La Provence, Le Monde, Les EchosGroup EBRA and Le Parisien.

In addition to showing a curated selection of headlines from partner outlets, Google is also making “a limited amount” of its paywall content available to readers for free. The company pays them for these paywall items as part of their license agreement. And since the deal would expose the publications’ content to more people, they could gain more potential subscribers.

While Google News program partners praised Showcase for helping to spread good and truthful information, the company hasn’t always had a good relationship with the media in France. In 2020, French regulators forced the tech giant to pay publishers to show snipers their articles in search results after the company implemented new EU law called the “Copyright Directive”. Authorities said at the time the company had “caused serious and immediate damage to the press sector”. In response, Google initially removed news previews, but backed down and began working with publishers instead. Earlier this year, the tech giant struck deals with over 300 publications across Europe to publish snippets of their stories on search.

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