PARIS (Reuters) – France said on Wednesday it will take Google
Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told RTL radio he had been made aware that Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google unilaterally imposed prices and contract changes on developers selling software on Google Play and Apple’s App Store.
“I will therefore be taking Google and Apple to the Paris commercial court for abusive trade practices,” Le Maire said.
“As powerful as they are, Google and Apple should not be able to treat our startups and our developers the way they currently do.”
France’s DGCCRF consumer fraud watchdog confirmed in a subsequent statement that it had begun legal action against the U.S. technology groups.
Google spokeswoman Mathilde Mechin said: “We believe our terms comply with French laws and are looking forward to making our case in court.” An Apple spokeswoman did not respond to requests for comment.
Le Maire also said he expected the European Union to close tax loopholes that benefit Google, Apple, Facebook
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(Reporting by Laurence Frost and Julie Carriat; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)