An EU reader of my book who lives in France wrote to me, and we got to talking about availability and pricing of my book in France. He wrote:
[...]In the biggest Paris computer books bookshop (Eyrolles, boulevard Saint-Germain), they're asking for more than 50 euro, which is really expensive; basically they seem to convert from dollars and add about 15 euro. (French law forbids discounts of more than 5% on books.) They have about 10 copies on their shelves. I ordered it from Amazon.com and got it for half that even including the overseas delivery.[...]
I wrote back, saying "[...]Something about the idea that "French law forbids discounts of more than 5% on books" strikes me as deeply comical and Ottomanesque. I suspect that dadaism's rise in France was merely the deliberate expression of a folk surrealism that has always been inadvertant and pandemic in French law. Grace à son respet pour le salut publique, le Saint-Pacha nous defend d'écrire les mots avec les K quand la lune est croisssante, etc etc."