Apple Store Aix-en-Provence. Image via Georges Seguin / Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)
It looks like the country of love isn’t cozying up to Apple and Google. France is taking the two tech giants to court over contractual terms that might exploit mobile developers.
Reuters reports that the French government is expecting €2 million (US$2.5 million) in compensation from the two companies because they enforce prices on startups and developers who distribute software in Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store.
Additionally, the firms have the ability to secretly edit contract terms without notifying developers.
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told RTL radio station:
“I will… be taking Google and Apple to the Paris commercial court for abusive trade practices. 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 also expressed his hopes for the European Union to eradicate tax loopholes that Apple, Google, and Amazon might be able to take advantage of by 2019.
In response to the charges, Google spokesperson Mathilde Mechin said, “We believe our terms comply with French laws and are looking forward to making our case in court.”