Two wholesalers, Tech Data and Ingram Micro, were also hit with fines for their role in the affair, with the former asked to pay €76.1 million (A$139.4 million) and the latter €62.9 million (A$115.2 million).
In 2012, eBizcuss, a distributor of high-end Apple devices, had to shut down due to what it claimed was unfair competition. It was part of the Apple Premium Reseller program, retailers who only sell Apple products. This incident ultimately led to the current fines, which were levied after a long investigation.
In France, Apple sells its products to two approved wholesalers, Tech Data and Ingram Micro. Downstream, Apple products are distributed through about 2000 resellers who are either large generalist or specialised distributors, or specialised resellers.
She said first, Apple and the two wholesalers had agreed not to compete and to prevent distributors from competing with each other.
These premium distributors could not change prices without taking a risk and this caused an alignment of prices between Apple's own distributors and the independent premium distributors.
And finally, Silva said, Apple had abused the economic independence of its premium distributors by subjecting them to unfair and unfavourable commercial conditions.