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France warns Apple and Google of fines over 'abusive' practices

France warns Apple and Google of fines over 'abusive' practices

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire speaks during a news conference after a National Council of Industry at the Bercy Finance Ministry in Paris, France, February 26, 2018. Some developers are reportedly unhappy that Apple and Google sometimes receive a percentage of in-app purchases from mobile applications and gain more access to the personal details of users than the developers do.

Le Maire speaking on RTL radio stated that the practices performed by Apple and Google have been recently noticed by him.

These allegedly-abusive business practices relate to the way that the tech giants impose tariffs on developers who sell their apps via the iTunes App Store and Google Play, respectively.

The fraud office urged in its report fines of two million euros ($2.5 million) for each company, the ministry source said, though Le Maire said only that they would be "in the millions of euros".




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". "That's unacceptable. It's not the economy we want". "They can't treat our startups and developers the way they do".

France will sue Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google (GOOG, GOOGL) for abusive practices against developers.

Le Maire also said he expected the European Union to close tax loopholes that benefit the likes of Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon by the start of 2019. Share your views with us in the comments section below.


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