France to sue Apple and Google for abusive practices

Mindy Sparks
March 14, 2018

France will sue Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google (GOOG, GOOGL) for abusive practices against developers. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire is set to speak with U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross about the U.S. tax plan and is expected to call for an exemption for countries in the EU.

According to le Maire, Apple and Google should not take advantage of French startups the way they are doing right now. the legal action is said to take place in the Paris commercial court.

France will take Google and Apple to court over contractual terms imposed by the tech giants on startups and developers, said Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire.

In the case unveiled by Le Maire Wednesday, the anti-fraud office determined that between 2015 and 2017 there were "significant imbalances" in the relationship between Google and Apple and developers who sold via their application stores. An Apple spokeswoman did not respond to requests for comment.

"We're expecting a lot from this suit, and we're not the only ones". Earlier this year, French regulators launched an investigation into the firm's "deliberate" slowing down of older iPhones.

France's DGCCRF consumer fraud watchdog confirmed in a subsequent statement that it had begun legal action against the USA technology groups.

It is unclear if European nations will obtain waivers, especially after Trump singled out the EU as treating the United States "very badly" in trade ties and threatening to tax cars as well.

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

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