“There are two things you don’t throw out in France — bread and books”
And in socialist Europe this is how you do it:
Since 1981 the “Lang law,” named after its promoter, Jack Lang, the culture minister at the time, has fixed prices for French-language books. Booksellers — even Amazon — may not discount books more than 5 percent below the publisher’s list price, although Amazon fought for and won the right to provide free delivery.
You could argue that this prohibits the open flow of capitalism but you can’t argue whose country has better bread.