A lovely article on a French government agency's attempt to compel eBay to accept regulation in France, like all other auction houses...
Typical meaningless bullcrap from eBay representative:
"The company said that the regulations should not apply because it is not an auction house, just a facilitator. "EBay has invented a new way of buying and selling, which has been adopted by 10 million French people, and which is not at all the same as that of auction houses," said a company statement. It called the action "totally unjust"."
Response from the French:
"The Council said that it did not accept eBay's assertion that it was simply a broker and not an actual auctioneer. "What is the difference?" Giacomotto said to The Times. "They charge a commission to the seller and a commission to the buyer. These people cannot say they are responsible for nothing at all."
Which rather seems to nail it.