France to sue Apple and Google for abusive practices

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, file photo, a man walks into one of Apple's authorized premium resellers' outlets in Singapore. Apple revamped its overseas subsidiaries to take advantage of tax loopholes on the European island of Jersey after a crackdown on Ireland’s loose rules began in 2013, according to The New York Times and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

PARIS (AP) — French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire says he will take legal action against Google and Apple for abusive business practices, a move that could result in fines of “several million euros.”

Speaking on RTL radio on Wednesday, Le Maire accused Google and Apple of imposing tariffs on developers wishing to sell their apps to the internet giants. Le Maire added he finds unacceptable that both companies can also gather data from the developers and “unilaterally modify contracts.”

Le Maire said he will file a lawsuit before the Paris Commercial Court because “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.”