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Apple Loses French Legal Fight Over Tax Protesters

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

28 February 2018


Apple has failed to obtain an injunction to prevent tax protesters demonstrating in its flagship store in Paris.

Apple's application for an injunction was turned down by a district court in Paris on February 23, with the court concluding that there was no justification for limiting the protesters' freedom of expression on the grounds that the protests may cause harm. The court also said that the protests were lawful and represented "a general interest campaign on the payment of taxes and tax evasion."

The court also rejected Apple's request that the protesters be fined a sum of EUR150,000 (USD185,000) and impose further damages if further demonstrations take place in its stores.

Attac, an international tax justice campaign group, which was behind the protests, said that it planned to hold more sit-ins at Apple stores in France.

Commenting on the matter, Dominique Plihon, spokesman for Attac France, said "our actions are aimed at having Apple, the largest multinational company in the world, pay its fair share of taxes in the countries where it actually operates."

TAGS: court | tax | tax avoidance | interest | law | France

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