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EU should make Amazon, Facebook, Google pay fair share of taxes: France

Le Maire's comments come after Juncker said EU would respond if US imposed punitive tariffs on steel

Reuters  |  AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France 

(Flags of the countries of the European Union at an input in Europarliament) Image via Shutterstock
(Flags of the countries of the European Union at an input in Europarliament) Image via Shutterstock

Time has come for the to make multinationals, such as US giants Amazon, and Google, pay their fair share of taxes, the said on Sunday.

"I can tell you that the times we live in are not for the weak," told a conference in the southern French city of Aix-en-Provence where many French and executives gather every year.

"Since we have to deal with Mr Putin, Mr Trump or Mr Erdogan, it's time for Europe to pull itself together and defend its own interests, to make Google, and pay the they owe in Europe," he said.

US companies such as Apple and Starbucks that were recently ordered by the to pay back to EU countries have challenged their rulings.

Le Maire's comments come after the head of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said the EU would respond if the United States imposed punitive tariffs on steel.

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First Published: Sun, July 09 2017. 17:51 IST
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