"All that is unacceptable and it's not the economy that we want", Le Maire said. Le Maire said that the companies are taking advantage of French developers with the said practices and would be fined in "millions of euros"(via Reuters and Bloomberg). 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 French government said Wednesday that it would take Google and Apple to court over "abusive business practices" against smaller rivals, threatening fines that could further strain transatlantic ties as fears of a trade war grow.
Google said its terms comply with French laws and it intends to make that case in court, according to an e-mailed statement by a representative for the company in France.
Apple is also under investigation by Paris prosecutors over suspected "planned obsolescence" in some iPhone models, after the company admitted to slowing down older models to preserve battery life.
This isn't the first time that Apple has clashed with European governments or been accused of abusing its dominant market position. French authorities have denied that the sudden crackdown on tech firms has any relation to the Unite States' new tariffs and taxes, however, France has recently begun speaking out against tech firms with a finance ministry official recently stating that Europe "needs to stand up and defend its own interests".
The proposal was aimed at tech giants, like Google and Facebook, with revenues above 750 million euros ($928 million) worldwide and with digital revenues in the European Union of at least 10 million euros in a tax year.