France eyes 'Google Tax' for French sites

Last updated 12:29 30/10/2012
Francois Hollande
GOOGLE TAX: France's President Francois Hollande leaves a meeting at the OECD headquarters in Paris.

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French President Francois Hollande is considering a pushing for a new tax that would see search engines such as Google have to pay each time they use content from French media.

Hollande discussed the topic with Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, during a meeting in Paris on Monday.

Hollande says the rapid expansion of the digital economy means that tax laws need to be updated to reward French media content.

Google has opposed the plan and threatened to bar French websites from its search results if the tax is imposed.

Germany is considering a similar law, and Italian editors have also indicated they would favour such a plan.

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