No house ban for French anti-globalization opponents in Apple stores

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Apple, qui a l'intention de licencier environ 200 personnes chez Beats Electronics, à suivre jeudi sur les marchés américains. /Photo d'archives/REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

In the French dispute over demonstrations in stores of the US technology group Apple (2: AAPL), anti-globalization opponents of the network Attac have prevailed in their own estimation. A court in Paris dismissed Friday on the US company’s request to prohibit Attac members under a penalty of 150 000 euros action in French shops, the news agency AFP reported.

Attac activists seized several Apple stores in France last December, including business in the Parisian Opera district, leading to the evacuation and temporary closure of the store. Apple France was initially unable to reach an opinion. Attac said activists could now continue to demonstrate in Apple stores against “corporate tax credits.” The European Commission had long ago declared Ireland’s tax regime illegal for the group, and the country now has to raise a good 13 billion euros in taxes. Ireland and Apple defend themselves in court against the Brussels decision. Apple has always pointed out in the tax dispute that one abide by the applicable law and paid especially in the US taxes, because there is the actual value of the Apple products. It is now by far the largest taxpayer in the world.

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