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France rules out negotiating with Google over back taxes
February 2, 2016 / 11:07 AM / 2 years ago

France rules out negotiating with Google over back taxes

PARIS (Reuters) - French Finance Minister Michel Sapin on Tuesday ruled out striking a deal with Google over back taxes as the British government recently did with the U.S. internet giant.

The new Google logo is seen at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California November 13, 2015. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

“French tax authorities do not negotiate the amount of taxes owed, there is a discussion underway about which rules apply, that’s perfectly legitimate,” Sapin told journalists on the sidelines of a finance sector conference.

Sapin told the conference that the sums at stake in France were “far greater” than those in Britain, where Google reached a 130 million pound ($187.11 million) settlement for the period since 2005.

Reporting by Leigh Thomas; Editing by James Regan

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