France to take legal action against Google and Apple for 'abusive practices'

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"All that is unacceptable and it's not the economy that we want".

Among the contractual terms in question, the DGCCRF mentions in its statement the imposition of price brackets within which developers must fix the tariffs paid by end-users, the threat of unilateral termination of contract, and the ability to exploit data owned by developers with no reciprocity.

Bruno Le Maire said on Wednesday that he plans to take both tech giants to court for unfair contracts imposed upon French start-up firms.

A French government minister is planning to sue Google and Apple over alleged "abusive commercial practices" that take advantage of French software developers.

Alphabet Inc.'s (GOOGL) Google and Apple Inc.

Apple declined to comment immediately on Le Maire's claims, but Google said its business practices "conformed to French law". The findings of a similar inquiry into Amazon a year ago are being reviewed by a tribunal, his office said.

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Google, for its part, was handed a record fine of 2.4 billion euros by the European Union last June for illegally favoring its shopping service in search results, a penalty it has appealed.

Apple responded by saying it would appeal the decision.

France has had a complicated relationship with Internet giants. Le Maire has always been a critic of tech firms, calling for the taxation of tech companies revenue rather than their profit and has argued that these tech firms use loopholes and safe havens to pay very little tax in countries that they're based in.

He said in particular that the 2 USA giants imposed financial conditions on French app developers while siphoning data on their use, and that both Apple and Google "can unilaterally modify contracts".

The findings of a similar probe into Amazon.com Inc. past year are being reviewed by a tribunal, Le Maire's office said.

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