Google forced to show privacy fail message on homepage

France — Link

 French judge refuses to suspend order obliging Google to publish a notice saying it has been fined for breaches of French data protection act.

France to make '1 bn euro tax claim against Google'

France — Link

Google refuses to comment on 'rumour' of huge bill following probe into how internet search giant transfers tax liability between different countries.

France fines Google over data privacy

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US search engine ignored three-month ultimatum from French privacy watchdog to bring practices on user information in line with local law.

France pushes EU to regulate U.S. internet companies

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Ministers want to establish tax regime for digital companies that ensures the profits they make on the European market are subject to taxation.

Google to help the French press online

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Internet search engine giant launches a €60m fund to support the country's media through its move into the online world.

France and Spain call Google to account over private data 'breaches'

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Spain launches proceedings against search giant for five suspected serious data breaches and France gives it three months to rethink privacy rules.

The 'strangely secret' deal between Google and an ailing French press


There was all the atmosphere of a joint press conference between heads of state when French President François Hollande and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt this month announced an agreement had been reached between the US search engine giant and the French press over Google’s use of article contents. Google will make a one-off payment of 60 million euros to fund development of the publishers' presence on the internet, while it will also offer to increase their online revenues using Google’s advertising platforms. However, as Dan Israel and Jérôme Hourdeaux report, what was presented as a "historic" compromise is in reality a long-term victory for Google over an ailing, cash-strapped press, while the details of the deal are, curiously, to remain secret.   

France studies new tax measures on web giants

France — Link

Options could include new type of levy on the personal data of web surfers that the likes of Google and Facebook use to make money.

France tells internet service provider to end ads block

France — Link

Major French ISP Free has agreed to abandon its ad-blocking policy - seen as a swipe against Google - after a government minister intervened.

France claims Amazon owes $252m in tax

Économie — Link

Claim against internet retailer is part of a wider French crackdown on multinational companies that channel profits through low-tax countries.

Google chief meets Hollande in row over unpaid media content links

International — Link

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt met with French President François Hollande to discuss a revenue row with media firms over content use.

French watchdog summons Google to hand over captured data

France — Link

France's data-protection authority demands Google hand over data secretly collected from internet users which it failed to delete as promised.

Google reaches digitising deal with French publishers

France — Link

Google has reached what it called a “pioneering” agreement with French publishers for digitising out-of-print books, ending six years of litigation.

Google attacked by French rights groups over 'Jew' search suggestion

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French judge asks a mediator to resolve a dispute between anti-racism groups and Google over suggestions its users add 'Jew' to name searches.

France, for a moment, becomes focus of digital optimism

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Sacrebleue, last week it seemed that France had stopped worrying and learned to love the internet, comments NY Times writer Eric Pfanner.