France to sue Google, Apple over developer contracts: minister

French minister Bruno Le Maire says start-ups face conditions imposed on them when selling their apps on Google and Apple which “also gather data” and “both can unilaterally modify contracts

Some developers are reportedly unhappy that Apple and Google sometimes receive a percentage of in-app purchases from mobile applications and gain more access to the personal details of users than the developers do.

Mr Le Maire said the fines could be in the "million of euros".

Le Maire speaking on RTL radio stated that the practices performed by Apple and Google have been recently noticed by him.

"I will have Google and Apple taken to the Commercial Court of Paris for abusive trade practices, because I believe that Google and Apple, no matter how powerful they are, can not treat our start-ups and our developers the way they are doing today".

Among the contractual terms in question, the DGCCRF mentions in its statement the imposition of price brackets within which developers must fix the tariffs paid by end-users, the threat of unilateral termination of contract, and the ability to exploit data owned by developers with no reciprocity. "All that is unacceptable and it's not the economy that we want".

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France is to take legal action against Apple and Google over what it claims are "abusive business practices" that exploit developers and startups.

France will file a lawsuit against USA tech giants Google and Apple for "abusive commercial practices", which include unilaterally imposing contractual terms on startups and developers, the country's economy minister said on Wednesday.

He added that he hopes the European Union will close tax loopholes benefiting Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon by the start of 2019.

The Wall Street Journal reports that French Finance Ministry is considering fining tech giants Apple and Google for taking advantages of smaller French software developers.