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France plays to the crowd with digital tax

But proposed move that would hit Internet giants won't solve Europe's innovation woes

In Europe, the image of American Internet giants like Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon could not be much worse. Once hailed as the forerunners of a new era, today those companies are considered to be unscrupulous, greedy data leeches and, worst of all, tax evaders.

For politicians, hitting tech companies hard therefore promises instant positive returns.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 14, 2019, with the headline 'France plays to the crowd with digital tax'. Subscribe