A sales ban on the iPhone 12 in France could end up applying to the entirety of the European Union, a representative of the Commission has said. (EPA-EFE/DAVID CHANG)

France iPhone 12 ban could apply to entire EU, says Brussels

A sales ban on the iPhone 12 in France could end up applying to the whole of the European Union, a representative of the European Commission has said.

Speaking during a press briefing on September 14, internal market spokeswoman Sonya Gospodinova said the smartphone – made by Californian tech giant Apple – is alleged by France to have broken EU-wide electromagnetic radiation rules, prompting the ban.

According to Gospodinova, the French ban means that other EU Member States will have three months to object to the country’s findings, with a bloc-wide ban being a possible result if none are raised.

“The French authorities notified the Commission and other Member States about the measures they have taken to restrict sales of the iPhone 12 in France,” she said.

“This notification was carried out on the basis of an obligation laid down in the directive on radio equipment devices, and that applies across the Single Market.

“For the time being, Member States have a period of three months to examine these restrictions and to object to these restrictions, or not,” Gospodinova added.

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