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France to go ahead with ‘Apple tax’

Back in March it was reported that the French Competition Authority had dished out a £1 billion fine to Apple for monopolistic practices. Originally, the fine was delayed until the end of the year, but due to the stress that coronavirus has put on the economy, France has decided to press …

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France: Google won’t get a tax deal

One of the biggest financial scandals in the UK earlier this year, was when Google managed to negotiate paying around 10 per cent of the tax it owed the British government. France however isn’t so keen to see Google skip out on back taxes and following a raid on the …

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France considering blocks on Tor, free Wi-Fi

Politicians of the world are still scrambling to react accordingly in the wake of increased numbers of terrorism linked attacks in recent weeks, but the overarching response has been focused on technology and surveillance than anything else. France may well go further than most though, as it’s said to be …

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France pushes for biometric scanning at all EU airports

Passport, no liquids over a certain size, no luggage over a certain weight – those are the main considerations when heading on to a plane in a contemporary airport. Although some may point out the many flaws in current pre-flight safety checks of passengers and their right to fly, none …

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French politicians urge rethink on Taxi laws due to Uber

Uber has been a pretty disruptive company to the traditional taxi industries around the world. There have been protests, sometimes violent, against the use of the technology as it tends to cut into the profits of those driving standard taxis. In the aftermath of these issues, Uber has actually suspended …

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French politicians sound off on NSA spying

In the aftermath of revelations that the USA spent half a decade spying on France’s presidents and members of its cabinet, discovering phone call meta data and occasionally content, many French politicians have made public statements condemning the actions. Although many suspect little will happen behind the scenes due to the …

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Wikileaks documents show US spied on French presidents

Apparently not content with snooping on the smartphone of the German chancellor Angela Merkel, the NSA also spent over half a decade spying on the last three French presidents, Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande between 2006 and 2012, according to some newly leaked Wikileaks documents. Titled, “Espionnage Élysée”, they show …

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France spent $20 billion on trains that don’t fit its stations

France has accidentally spent $20.5 billion (£12.1 billion) buying trains that are too wide to fit the country’s stations, French magazine,  Le Canard Enchainé reports. The state controlled railway operator, SNCF, will be forced to modify 1300 regional station platforms in order to rectify the problem, which will cost another $68.4 million (£40.6 …

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France isn’t immune to government data spying

While we’ve heard all about America’s PRISM internal and external spying and we know a bit about Tempora, the British variant and we know about illegal spying in New Zealand thanks to Kim Dotcom’s troubles with the law, it seems English speaking countries aren’t the only ones having their rights …

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France could drop its three strikes anti-piracy law

French Three Strikes

One of Europe’s proponents of the controversial three strikes anti-piracy law could be set to drop it, after an announcement by French culture minister Aurelie Filipetti described it as “too expensive to justify.” Hadopi is both the name of the anti-piracy law itself and the organisation that is in charge …

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