French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Google and Apple unilaterally imposed prices and other contractual terms on software developers and he will be taking the two outfits to the Paris commercial court for abusive trade practices.
“As powerful as they are, Google and Apple should not be able to treat our startups and our developers the way they currently do.”
Apple and Google are not saying anything about the court moves. But both seem to be having problems with European Law, which unlike US law - where companies have the power to tell governments what to do, is a little more interested in protecting people.
Le Maire also said he expected the European Union to close tax loopholes that benefit Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon by the start of 2019. Brussels is currently examining measures to improve the taxation of overseas tech giants’ online business in European markets.