A police car outside the Paris offices of US Internet giant Google on May 24, 2016, in Paris, as police carry out a search as part of a tax fraud investigation. AFP PHOTO / MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE
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French investigators raided Google's Paris headquarters on Tuesday as part of a tax evasion inquiry, the financial prosecutor's office said.Google said it was fully complying with French law.Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt approached for a reaction at a conference in Amsterdam, declined to comment.Investigators started their investigation of Google's offices in central Paris at 5 A.M., a source close to the finance ministry said.France is seeking some 1.6 billion euros ($1.8 billion) in back taxes from U.S. Internet giant Google, criticized for its use of aggressive tax optimization techniques, another finance ministry source had said in February.
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