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France Sues Google, Apple over App Stores

Thursday Mar 15th 2018 by Developer.com Staff

The country's finance minister says the tech firms are engaging in abusive practices.

Bruno Le Maire, France's finance minister, has announced that his country is suing Apple and Google and seeking fines of 2 million euros ($2.5 million) because of the "abusive" contracts it forces mobile development firms to sign. He said that the charges imposed by the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store were illegal. "As powerful as they are, Google and Apple should not be able to treat our startups and our developers the way they currently do," Le Maire stated.

In response, a Google spokesperson said, “We believe our terms comply with French laws and are looking forward to making our case in court.” Apple has not commented.

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