CNET: France and Trump agree temporary truce on digital tech tax. “France and the US have agreed to a temporary truce over the European country’s tax on digital technology companies. The 3% tax, introduced by France last year, applies to companies with revenues of more than 25 million euros ($28M) in France and 750 million euros ($832M) worldwide. It attracted the ire of US President Donald Trump, who interpreted it as a direct attack on the success of US tech giants. He threatened to retaliate by imposing tariffs on French goods, including Champagne and handbags, imported to the US.”
Neowin: France tells the U.S. it will retaliate over any action against its digital tax. “France has announced it will retaliate against any action taken by the United States against its digital services tax. The announcement by France’s economy minister, Bruno Le Maire, comes as a bit of a surprise because the two sides seemed to have come to an agreement over the issue back in August during the G7 event.”
The Connexion: Paris museum welcomes ‘Instagram artist in residence’. “The Musée d’Orsay in Paris is to welcome a French ‘artist in residence’ on its Instagram social media account, who will each week highlight one of the museum’s great artists as if they were still alive today. Artist Jean-Philippe Delhomme, who works in both France and the United States, is best known for his humorous cartoons. They have appeared in publications such as Le Monde, Vanity Fair, GQ, Vogue, and The New Yorker.”
Reuters: French court clears social media tracking plan in tax crackdown. “France’s government can pursue plans to trawl social media to detect tax avoidance, its Constitutional Court ruled on Friday, although it introduced limitations on what information can be collected following a privacy outcry.” French government officials have already used Google Maps to catch swimming pool tax cheaters. Why is anybody surprised?
London Free Press: Google fined 150 million euros by France. “France’s competition authority on Friday fined Google 150 million euros ($167 million) for anti-competitive behavior and for having unclear advertising on the Google Ads page.”
Science: Elsevier deal with France disappoints open-access advocates. “Publishing giant Elsevier has signed a national license deal with Couperin, France’s consortium of universities and research organizations, but critics say it doesn’t do enough to advance open access (OA) to scientific journal articles. Its terms are at odds with Plan S, a mandate to make publications immediately free to read starting in 2021, which France’s National Research Agency has backed.”
TorrentFreak: French Court Orders ISPs to Block Torrent Sites and File-Hosters. “A Paris court has ordered five French Internet providers to block access to thirteen websites that link to pirated content. While pirate site blockades are nothing new, this is the first European court order that targets file-hosting services. The order, which also affects torrent sites, was issued following a complaint from the local anti-piracy group SCPP.”