The French affiliates SNJ and SNJ-CGT criticised the deal struck between newspaper publishers and Google saying that the agreement was signed behind the journalists back.
The SNJ-CGT said the creation of a 60 million euro fund for digital innovation is a "trap" and that authors are still deprived of their legitimate rights to claim fair payment.
According to the French copyright act, journalists are entitled to claim payment from revenues generated from their works by third parties (i.e. Google in this case). Read more in French at SNJ and SNJ-CGT websites.