The e-commerce marketplace Wish is suing the French government after the government ordered that Wish be removed from online platforms and search engines over product safety concerns, according to a Tech Times report Wednesday, November 24.
Wish claims to have always complied with the requirements of the Directorate-General for Competition, Consumer and Anti-Fraud Policy (DGCCRF), the French consumer watchdog.
However, the French government said the DGCCRF had found a number of “dangerous” products, including electronic products such as electrical adapters and outdoor lights, animal toys and jewelry that may have contained products. harmful chemicals like lead.
In a statement, Wish said it considered France’s actions “illegal and disproportionate.”
However, the French government believes that it had to take action because Wish would not have recalled the products in a “satisfactory” manner and would not have informed customers of the risks associated with the items.
In July, Wish received a two-month ultimatum, in which France asked it to stop misleading customers about the nature of the product risks.
Wish was founded in 2010 and currently has 90 million active users in 100 countries, partnering with 550,000 merchants around the world.
Earlier this month, the company recently launched a buy now, pay later (BNPL) option in partnership with payment and shopping service Klarna.
PYMNTS writes that Wish had wanted to offer BNPL and therefore expanded its partnership with Klarna, with whom it has worked since 2014.
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The service will allow Wish users to split payment costs into four installments, paying 25% at checkout, and then automatically withdrawing the additional three payments every two weeks.
The service will debut next year for Wish users in Canada, Australia, Italy, Spain and France, among others.