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Controversy with the United States: France wants to hold on to digital control


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Washington (AP) - French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has defended the French digital tax before the announcement of possible sanctions by the United States.

"We will never, never, never give up the will to fairly tax the digital giants in order to have a fair tax system of the 21st century," the minister told France Inter. The US commercial agency USTR wants to submit today a report on France's digital tax. At the same time, "all planned measures within the framework of the investigation" should be announced.

The French digital tax is mainly to hit companies like Amazon and Facebook. US President Donald Trump threatened punitive tariffs on French wines in the summer if France were to go it alone. At the G7 summit in August, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that he and Trump had reached an agreement designed to prevent direct conflict between the two countries. You see now that the US would back down, so Le Maire.

Bruno Le Maire at France Inter

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