Apple Decision Shocks French App Company
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These employees may or may not have a job next week. They work for AppGratis, a French company that searches online for interesting apps - and shares them with their 12 million users each day, for free. But now all 45 staff are in a precarious position, after Apple decided to throw them out of the App store. AppGratis CEO Simon Dawlat says he was shocked by the tech giant's decision.

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These employees may or may not have a job next week. They work for AppGratis, a French company that searches online for interesting apps - and shares them with their 12 million users each day, for free. But now all 45 staff are in a precarious position, after Apple decided to throw them out of the App store. AppGratis CEO Simon Dawlat says he was shocked by the tech giant's decision. (SOUNDBITE) (English) APPGRATIS CEO SIMON DAWLAT, SAYING: "It's (Apple) a company worth hundreds of billions of dollars so I don't really see the money, the business we've been doing for the past years as something they would like to grasp, I don't know if that's the matter, you know I would like to discuss it with them and find ways of maybe sharing revenue, we'd love to do that. Honestly they are operating a platform on which the rules are not clear at all." Although AppGratis says the rules aren't clear, Apple says they are. It says the company has violated two clauses, one relating to the bundling of web sites as apps, and another relating to the way the app was promoted. French Digital Economy Minister Fleur Pellerin is calling on Apple to find a resolution with AppGrati. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH DIGITAL ECONOMY MINISTER FLEUR PELLERIN "I ask Apple to be a responsible company. It's a cool company, organised, present all over the globe, I ask it to behave ethically, and conform to its brand image and its values." The case has got the attention of the digital world, as some fear it may be the beginning of a crackdown. But on the streets of Paris, there was sympathy for Apple. (SOUNDBITE) (English) "I think they are in a position where they have to control this market otherwise it can easily get out of handif developers start proposing whatever and if anything goes it can become anarchy or chaos, there has to be some sort of control." Dawlat expressed confidence that a solution would be found to keep AppGratis running. But he has put expansion plans on hold.