Natasha Lomas, writing for TechCrunch:
Programmed obsolescence is illegal in France under a 2015 law which prohibits “the use of techniques by which the person responsible for the marketing of a product aims to deliberately reduce the duration to increase the replacement rate “.
The law carries a penalty of a maximum sentence of two years in prison and up to 5 per cent of a company’s annual turnover.
AFP cites a judicial source stating that the Paris prosecutor’s office of the Directorate General of Competition, Consumption and Repression of Frauds opened a preliminary investigation against Apple on January 5, for “programmed obsolescence” and “deception”.
This whole thing is getting pretty nasty for Apple now.