France will take legal action against Google and Apple for what statesmen consider to be "abusive commercial practices", French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire announced today. "As powerful as they are, Google and Apple should not be able to treat our startups and our developers the way they now do", he said.
Mistreatment of startups, developers, overwhelmingly dominant positions, and abusive commercial practices cited as reasons for probe.
The Wall Street Journal reports that French Finance Ministry is considering fining tech giants Apple and Google for taking advantages of smaller French software developers.
Apple has yet to comment on the situation, but Google spokeswoman Mathilde Mechin said: "We believe our terms comply with French laws and are looking forward to making our case in court". The company said it has been collaborating with the French fraud office on several matters over the past few years, including its Google Play app store.
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Apple responded by saying it would appeal the decision.
Le Maire speaking on RTL radio stated that the practices performed by Apple and Google have been recently noticed by him.
France has had a complicated relationship with Internet giants.
Mr Le Maire said the action could result in fines of millions of euros for both firms.
'My responsiblity is to ensure economic law and order, ' said Le Maire. Le Maire has always been a critic of tech firms, calling for the taxation of tech companies revenue rather than their profit and has argued that these tech firms use loopholes and safe havens to pay very little tax in countries that they're based in. So let's dive in to see some more details on the matter.