France to take legal action against Google, Apple for ‘abusive’ practices
The minister said the situation is unacceptable.
The action against the firms comes as US President Donald Trump has moved towards imposing a 25-percent tariff on imported steel and 10-percent tariff on imports of aluminum.
It is unclear if European nations will obtain waivers, with Trump having singled out the EU as treating the United States badly in trade ties and threatening to tax cars as well.
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 EU countries.
He added the current action could result in penalties reaching several million euros.
“My responsibility is to ensure economic law and order,” said Le Maire.
“There are rules. There is justice. It should be respected.”
Tech start-ups are a favorite of French President Emmanuel Macron, who has sought to overhaul the nation’s laws and regulations to allow entrepreneurs to flourish.