In this file photo taken on November 20, 2017 shows logos of US multinational technology company Google displayed on computers' screens. AFP / LOIC VENANCE
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The French government said Wednesday that it would take legal action against Google and Apple over "abusive business practices," threatening fines that could further strain transatlantic ties as a trade war looms.The action is based on an inquiry by France's anti-fraud office from 2015 to 2017, which uncovered "a significant imbalance" in their relations with French companies, a Finance Ministry source told AFP.Both Apple and Google declined to comment immediately on Le Maire's claims.The action against Apple and Google comes after U.S. President Donald Trump fanned fears of a wider trade war, pledging to impose a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and 10 percent tariff on imports of aluminum. France was already pursuing Apple, Google and other U.S. technology giants over the legal strategies that let them route their income from across the EU through low-tax nations.
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