12 September 201919.12 The US giant Google has agreed to pay France almost 1 billion euros to resolve the dispute with the Paris tax authorities. Google has reached a 500 million agreement to close a criminal investigation into an alleged tax fraud and has signed a second agreement to pay an additional 465 million in back taxes. In 2015, the French authorities opened an investigation for "aggravated tax fraud". The agreement signed in court in Paris will allow Google to avoid the trial.