France sues Apple and Google for alleged abusive business relationships with local developers

This week, the French Bruno Le Maire (who, for one, holds the position equivalent to ours as Minister of Finance) announced that the France file a lawsuit against the Apple it's the Google. The reason? Allegedly abusive business practices.

According to the minister, the giants are taking advantage of the developers, unilaterally imposing decisions such as setting prices (perhaps the percentage of the division of values, since "setting prices" is quite vague) and changes in contractual terms. Also according to Le Maire, after discovering this alleged abusive relationship, he led the ministry's fraud office in an investigation and found that, between 2015 and 2017, there were “significant imbalances” in the relationships between Apple / Google and the developers who sold apps in their companies' stores.

Today, Apple has publicly responded to the accusation, as reported by the local newspaper Le Figaro (Google translator):

We are proud to have strong relationships with tens of thousands of developers across France, who have won 1 billion euros on the App Store. Many of these talented developers founded their companies with one or two people and then saw their teams grow to offer their applications to users in 155 countries. This was only possible thanks to Apple's investment in iOS, development tools and the App Store.

Apple has always advocated user confidentiality and security, and does not have access to user transactions with third-party applications. We are fully prepared to share our story in the French courts and clear up this misunderstanding. In the meantime, we will continue to help French developers realize their dreams and support French students in learning code through our coding program.

We'll see where that goes if it depends on the minister, of course, Apple and Google will have to pay a few million euros to resolve the conflict.

via MacRumors: 1, 2