France to Sue Apple and Google for 'Abusive Commercial Practices' Towards Developers

France to Sue Apple and Google for 'Abusive Commercial Practices' Towards Developers

France to Sue Apple and Google for 'Abusive Commercial Practices' Towards Developers

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire commented on the case during a French radio show saying "No matter how powerful Google and Apple may be, they can not treat our start-ups and developers the way they do today".

Paris: France said on Wednesday it will take Google and Apple to court and seek fines of 2 million euros ($2.5 million) over what it termed "abusive" contractual terms imposed by the tech giants on startups and developers.

Once the operation was discovered, Le Maire took the ministry's fraud office into investigation and found out that there were some "significant imbalances" in the relationship between the two parties.

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The French government is suing both, Apple and Google for taking advantage of developers with "abusive trade practices".

Spokespeople for Apple France and Google France did not immediately respond to calls and messages from Reuters seeking comment.

Le Maire has previously threatened to tax the two firms based on their sales in France, denouncing the legal strategies they use to pay taxes at lower rates in other European Union countries.

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The likes of Google, Amazon and Facebook meanwhile have consistently praised France for its talent pool of engineers and researchers over the past years. "When our developers want to sell their app on Google or Apple, the fees are imposed on them", Mr. Le Maire said.

Le Maire will file the suit before the Paris Commercial Court and thinks the resulting fines could add up to "several million euros".

A court is looking into the findings of a similar probe launched past year into Amazon.com Inc.

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