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Google has announced that it will not pay French publishers to display extracts from their news articles. The technology company and other republishers of online news in France will shortly be required to do so under French law implementing a new EU copyright directive.

Google will instead only show the headlines of news articles, removing other information such as article extracts and thumbnail pictures unless the publisher allows these to be displayed for free. This could reduce publishers’ traffic and hence their online advertising revenue.

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