U.S.-France Digital Tax framework being negotiated at Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

In a statement, French President Emmanuel Macron stated he has had a “great discussion” with U.S. President Donald Trump regarding the introduction of a digital tax planned by France; both countries have agreed to collaborate and avoid further rise in tariffs. According to aa French diplomatic source, Macron and Trump have agreed to hold off…

French competition authority levies $167M fine on Google

France’s competition watchdog has levied a fine of $167 million on Google citing Google’s non-transparent advertising rules and the fact that it changes them at will. Google is facing a growing number of investigations into its advertisement business practices, on both sides of the Atlantic. The ruling is the first penalty by the French authorities…

FCA’s board as well as Peugeot’s board to meet today on proposed $50B planned merger

On Tuesday, sources with knowledge of the matter at hand disclosed, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV’s board is scheduled to meet later this afternoon to consider taking the next steps toward a proposed merger with French automaker Peugeot SA. Peugeot’s board is also expected to meet this afternoon and is expected to consider a memorandum of…

France’s 5G spectrum auction to have a base price of $2.4 billion: Junior Economy Minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher

Frances’s 5G spectrum is slated to be sold with a base price of $2.4 billion (2.17 billion euros) – an amount that is significantly more than the figure that was previously recommended by the country’s telecoms regulator Arcep. Earlier last week, wary of heavy investments that will be required for deploying 5G technology, Arcep’s president…

France and the United States hammer out a draft agreement on French digital tax

U.S. tech giants such as Google, Amazon and Facebook routinely generate huge profits from digital services in countries but route the profits through low-tax countries, such as Ireland and Luxembourg, in order to lower their tax profile in the country from which they had generated their revenues. France’s proposal to rectify this anomaly had unnerved…

French carmaker enters into a joint venture with China’s Jiangling Motors Corporation Group

Renault move is aimed at tapping China’s growing electric vehicles market. In a deal which sees French carmaker Renault taking a 50% stake, the carmaker has formed a joint venture partnership with China’s Jiangling Motors Corporation Group (JMCG) to target the Chinese electric vehicles (EV) market. In a statement Renault said, it would increase its…