In an interview for Journal Du Dimanche Bruno Lemaire returned to his bill for taxing digital giants, including GAFA (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon). The current French Finance and Finance Minister does not intend to limit this new taxation to France and supports the introduction of a tax at European level.
" This is a major problem in the twenty-first century and a matter of justice and efficiency. We support a European proposal by Pierre Moscovici. There are still some hesitant countries. We made a compromise proposal in December with Germany and I is convinced that an agreement is now in late March "says Bruno Lemaire our colleagues in Journal From Sunday . And to add: " A few months after the election to the European Parliament, our citizens would not understand that we are giving up ".
In France, the tax project on digital players will focus primarily on companies whose turnover is over 750 million worldwide worldwide and 25 million euros in our green countries.
For the Minister, the French and European tax " will be a powerful tool in the fight against tax evasion ". The Ministry of Economy wants to attack tax havens and countries that exercise "financial dumping ", such as Ireland or the Netherlands.
The fact that these two countries apply a light taxation of the revenues of US giants on the web such as Apple or Google, risks complicating the establishment of a common agreement. Ireland is often reluctant to claim Europe's record GAFA fine.