France To Sue Google, Apple Over Developer Contracts, Says Minister

France To Sue Google, Apple Over Developer Contracts, Says Minister

It centres on the contractual terms imposed by the two companies on content and app developers selling software on Google Play and Apple's App Store.

The minister said that sanctions might be applied that would be measured 'in millions of Euros'.

"I will have Google and Apple taken to the Commercial Court of Paris for abusive trade practices, because I believe that Google and Apple, no matter how powerful they are, can not treat our start-ups and our developers the way they are doing today". "That's unacceptable. It's not the economy we want". An investigation by the ministry's fraud office determined that there "significant imbalances" in the relationship between the companies and developers between 2015 and 2017.

Apple and Google are not saying anything about the court moves.

He added the current action could result in penalties reaching several million euros.

Representatives for Apple and Google couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

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

A court is looking into the findings of a similar probe launched previous year into Amazon.com Inc.

Le Maire has previously threatened to tax the two firms based on their sales in France, denouncing the legal strategies they use to pay taxes at lower rates in other European Union countries.

The Developers Alliance, an industry group which boasts 70,000 developers globally as members, said it welcomes the support of the French government, but would rather see it focus on other fronts like the free flow of data and more openness between markets.

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