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France Eyes ‘Google Tax’ For French Websites

MOUNTAIN VIEW (CBS/AP) — 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 said 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 was considering a similar law, and Italian editors have also indicated they would favor such a plan.

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