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US, France threaten them with punitive tariffs of up to 100 percent

The US government has threatened France because of its digital tax for Internet companies, with penalty duties of up to 100 percent on imports to the value of 2.4 billion dollars. On the actual imposition of the duties is to be found, after hearings in January.

On a list of the US trade representative Robert Lighthizer, on Monday, published in Washington, there are a variety of French cheeses such as Roquefort and yogurt, sparkling wine, cosmetic products and handbags. The government of President Donald Trump continued the procedure for the introduction of new punitive tariffs in response.

Lighthizer stated justification, the French digital tax discriminates against U.S. companies like Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon, and corporations for the affected Internet an extraordinary burden. He also announced to also check other similar taxes in Austria, Italy and Turkey.

France maintains control

US President, Trump had called the digital tax in the past as "unfair" and France with punitive tariffs threatened on wine. In July Lighthizer launched an investigation. At the G7 summit in Biarritz in August, the President of France Emmanuel Macron announced then, Trump would first dispense with sanctions.

The so-called Gafa-tax - bring named after the first letters of the Internet giant, Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple - to France this year, around 400 million euros and 650 million in the coming year. In France, sales of the big Internet companies, the numbers in Europe hardly any taxes on their profits, will be taxed at three percent.

economy Minister Bruno Le Maire had made it clear on Monday morning that the French government would adhere to the tax. France would refrain from "never" to the tax, he said on the radio station France Inter. (sda)

Created: 03.12.2019, 09:01 PM

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