France

France

Facebook to pay $118 million in French back taxes

Facebook’s French subsidiary has agreed to pay more than 100 million euros (approximately $118 million) in back taxes, including a penalty, after a ten-year audit of its acco...

TikTok

French privacy watchdog opens an investigation into TikTok

France’s data privacy watchdog CNIL has stated that it had been making preliminary investigations into TikTok after it received a complaint in May against the Chinese-owned v...

Huawei Technologies

French limits on Huawei 5G equipment amount to an eventual de facto ban

Sources close to the matter have said that French authorities have informed telecoms operators planning to buy Huawei Technologies 5G equipment that they won’t be able to ren...

Ubisoft

Ubisoft announces staff departures after misconduct allegations

French video games maker Ubisoft has announced several staff departures after conducting a review in response to allegations of misconduct at the company, which earlier reports sai...

France

US slaps French goods with a delayed 25% duties in digital tax row

The Trump admin has announced additional duties of 25% on French cosmetics, handbags and other imports valued at $1.3 billion in response to France’s digital services tax, bu...

Huawei Technologies

France won’t ban Huawei, but encouraging 5G telcoms businesses to avoid it

French cybersecurity agency ANSSI has said there would not be a complete ban on using equipment from Huawei in the rollout of the French 5G telecoms network, but that it was pushin...

Google

Google to pay some publishers for content

Google has taken a step towards resolving its spat with publishers, saying it would pay some media groups in Australia, Brazil and Germany for high-quality content and expects to d...

Google

Top French court upholds $56 million Google privacy breach fine

France’s top administrative court upheld a 50 million-euro fine (approximately $56 million) imposed last year on Google for breaching European Union online privacy rules.

France

France to apply digital tax this year whether US returns to negotiations or not

France will apply taxes on digital services this year whether the United States returns to negotiations on the issue or not, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Thursday, calli...

Digital Tax US

US pulled out of stalled talks on digital services taxes – Robert Lighthizer

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin decided to pull out of negotiations on digital services taxes with EU officials after they failed to make any progress, US Trade Representative...

Amazon

Amazon’s French warehouses to reopen with 30% staff – unions

Amazon’s French warehouses are set to reopen today with about 30% of employees, three union officials said, ending a month-long dispute over whether the e-commerce giant was ...

France

France will force web giants to delete some content within the hour

Social networks and content providers will have to remove paedophile and terrorism-related content from their platforms within the hour or face a fine of up to 4% of their global r...

Amazon

France rejects Amazon’s request for unemployment schemes at its warehouse sites

The French government has rejected a request by Amazon.com Inc to tap a state partial unemployment scheme for employees at its six warehouses located across the country, a spokeswo...

Amazon

Amazon’s foreign websites named in US piracy and counterfeiting report

Several of Amazon’s foreign websites have been added to the US trade regulator’s “Notorious Markets” report on marketplaces known for counterfeiting and pir...