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French Proposal Aims To Boost EU Tech Firms


September 20, 2013

France is pushing for the EU to adopt proposals that would see technology companies such as Google and Facebook regulated and taxed where customers use their websites, Financial Times reports. The proposals “could put Europe at loggerheads with the U.S., which has previously reacted angrily at attempts to impose greater regulation on the Internet.” Fleur Pellerin, France’s digital economy minister, said the campaign does not target American companies—though they are the ones on top, currently—but aims to “boost the ability of European actors to develop in Europe and gain positions that can compete on the same level playing field as the other international actors.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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