France will sue Apple, Google over developer treatment

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France to sue Google, Apple over developer contracts: minister

What are your thoughts on the French government taking Apple and Google to court over misusing developers with "abusive and commercial practices"?

According to le Maire, Apple and Google should not take advantage of French startups the way they are doing right now. the legal action is said to take place in the Paris commercial court.

"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".

Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told RTL radio he had been made aware that Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google unilaterally imposed prices and contract changes on developers selling software on Google Play and Apple's App Store. 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. An Apple spokeswoman did not respond to requests for comment.

Le Maire added that, if found guilty, Apple and Google could face fines in the "millions of euros".

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

The European Commission, the 28-nation EU executive body, warned Wednesday that it would impose countermeasures on flagship United States products including peanut butter, orange juice and bourbon whiskey if Trump goes ahead with the metal tariffs.

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