France to act against Google, Apple

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He accused Google and Apple of imposing tariffs on developers wishing to sell their apps to the internet giants.

Le Maire reportedly said that there were "significant imbalances" in contractual relationships between the two companies and their developer customers.

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Le Maire said these practices are unfair: "As powerful as they are, Google and Apple should not be able to treat our startups and our developers the way they now do".

Technology start-ups are a favorite of French President Emmanuel Macron, who has sought to overhaul the nation's laws and regulations to allow entrepreneurs to flourish.

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Google said its terms comply with French laws and it intends to make that case in court, according to an e-mailed statement by a representative for the company in France.

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France's Digital Minister Mounir Mahjoubi has often criticized the "golden prisons" for internet users, whose access to content is controlled by United States technology giants. A complaint filed by the finance ministry asked a Paris court to order the companies to end "abusive commercial practices". These targeted companies and individuals making software for the App Store and Google Play. Earlier this year, French regulators launched an investigation into the firm's "deliberate" slowing down of older iPhones. He also expects the European Union to close the tax vulnerabilities officially that benefit the two companies and other tech firms by 2019. It was revealed in December 2017 that the Finance Ministry is seeking to fine Amazon 10 million euros.

The European Commission, the 28-nation EU executive body, warned Wednesday that it would impose countermeasures on flagship USA products including peanut butter, orange juice and bourbon whiskey if Trump goes ahead with the metal tariffs.

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