France takes legal action against Apple and Google for ‘abusive’ practices

PARIS- France will take legal action against Google and Apple for “abusive business practices”, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Wednesday as transatlantic ties threaten to be riven by a trade war.

Le Maire said on RTL radio, “I believe in an economy based on justice and I will take Google and Apple before the Paris Commercial Court for abusive business practices”

He expressed that start-up companies face tough conditions in the market, conditions that are imposed on them when they sell their apps to the big companies such as Google and Apple. The two are accused of  “also gathering data and “both can unilaterally modify contracts”.

Le Maire says this situation is unacceptable.

He said, “I consider that Google and Apple, as powerful as they are, shouldn’t treat our start-ups and our developers in the way they do today,”

“My responsibility is to ensure economic law and order,” said Le Maire. “There are rules. There is justice. It should be respected.”

The action comes after US president Donald Trump moves to impose 25% tariff on imported steel and 10% on aluminum.

France is now looking into letting start-up companies and entrepreneurs to flourish in the country as there is a need for new national laws and regulations.

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