France's Hollande slams Internet giants on tax
PARIS (AFP) - President Francois Hollande said Thursday that France would not continue to tolerate the tax optimisation strategies used by multinational Internet giants like Google.
"This is not acceptable and that is why, at both the European and the global level, we must ensure that tax optimisation... can be called into question," Mr Hollande said on a visit to the offices of Internet sales company vente-privee.com in the Paris suburbs.
His comments follow reports that France is seeking one billion euros (S$1.72 billion) in tax from Google over its fiscal strategies. "Everyone must be in the same competitive situation, including on the fiscal level," Mr Hollande said.
"When I go to the United States in a few days, we have agreed with President (Barack) Obama to make this effort on tax harmonisation," he said.