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Google has appealed against a record 2.4bn Euro (£2.18 billion) antitrust fine, its chances of success boosted by Intel's partial victory last week against an European sanction.

"The commission will defend its decision in court", a spokesperson for the commission said.

The company has submitted plans on how it plans to stop favouring its shopping service and these are now being reviewed by Brussels.

However, setting up a court battle between Brussels and the internet giant could take years to resolve and make already tense relations between Europe and the United States tech giant even more fraught, AFP reported.

The EU's competition commission had ruled that Google abused its dominant position to favor its own shopping comparison service in internet searches, ordering the company to stop the practice by September 28.

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This action before the general court of the European Union, should further increase the tensions that last for seven years now between the Commission, guardian of competition in Europe, and the american giant of the Internet. "And most importantly, it denied European consumers a genuine choice of services and the full benefits of innovation".

Following the ruling, Google said it "respectfully" disagreed and was considering whether to appeal.

A spokesman for Google confirmed Monday they had filed the appeal but said the company had no further comment to make.

Google has appealed a record-breaking €2.4 billion (£2.1 billion; $2.9 billion) fine from European regulators.

The EU is also expected to soon decide another case against Google over abuse of its dominance of internet search to impose its Android mobile operating system.

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