March 14, 2018
PARIS (Reuters) – France will take Google
Speaking on RTL radio, Le Maire said on Wednesday he had become aware that Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Apple Inc. unilaterally imposed prices and other contractual terms on software developers.
“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.”
Spokespeople for Apple France and Google France did not immediately respond to calls and messages from Reuters seeking comment.
Le Maire also said he expected the European Union to close tax loopholes that benefit Google, Apple, Facebook
(Reporting by Laurence Frost and Julie Carriat; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)