Google faces another antitrust complaint in Europe

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BRUSSELS — Google faced new accusations on Tuesday that it was blocking a smaller European search service by restricting the use of its powerful system for attracting advertisers.

A French company, 1plusV, which owns, one of three European companies that have already filed charges against Google, said it sent a supplementary complaint to the European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union.

The commission began a formal antitrust investigation of Google three months ago looking for evidence that Google had the power to shut out competition and restrict advertisers from doing business with other search engines.

A spokesman for the commission, Amadeu Altafaj, said it would “give Google the opportunity to comment on the allegations raised before deciding on what, if any, further steps to take.”

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