Google is going to pay publishers in France for messages from newsrooms and publishers.

The company has signed an agreement about this with one of the largest French publishers, Google writes on its site on Thursday.

The deal was struck at the insistence of the French competition authority.

It is a collaboration with the publisher Alliance de la Presse d'Information Générale, which includes more than three hundred titles.

Financial details have not been disclosed and separate licensing of titles from the publisher is still under discussion.

European publishers have opposed the power of Google and Facebook in recent years, calling on regulators to investigate.

The platforms have appropriated billions in ad revenue, the publishers say.

Copyright law has already been tightened up in the European Union.

This allows publishers to charge a fee from online platforms for displaying their messages.

Last year, Google already stopped showing news items from European publishers in search results of French users.

In October, the tech company set aside $ 1 billion for the next three years for a collaboration with publishers, which should lead to a new product: Google News Showcase.

It contains news reports that might otherwise have disappeared behind a paywall.

Publishers can choose which articles they want to put on it.

Late last year, Google also reached copyright agreements with six French newspapers and magazines, including daily newspapers

Le Monde

and

Le Figaro

.

Previously, Google did not want to pay because it felt that the websites of the newspapers and magazines were taking advantage of the traffic coming in through the search engine.