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PARIS: France will take legal action against Google and Apple for “abusive business practices,” Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Wednesday as transatlantic ties threaten to be riven by a trade war.

“I believe in an economy based on justice and I will take Google and Apple before the Paris Commercial Court for abusive business practices” against French start-ups, Le Maire said on RTL radio.

He said 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.”

The minister said the situation is unacceptable.

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