"We want to be able to tax the giant tech companies in Europe starting in 2019", said Le Maire.
According to le Maire, Apple and Google should not take advantage of French startups the way they are doing right now. the legal action is said to take place in the Paris commercial court.
Mr Le Maire said the action could result in fines of millions of euros for both firms.
Apple and Google face legal action at the Paris commercial court that could result in a fine of Euro 2 million for unfair commercial practices. "They can't treat our start-ups and developers the way they do". The company said it has been collaborating with the French fraud office on several matters over the past few years, including its Google Play app store. An Apple spokeswoman did not respond to requests for comment.
Once the operation was discovered, Le Maire took the ministry's fraud office into investigation and found out that there were some "significant imbalances" in the relationship between the two parties. There has been a similar probe into the accounts of Amazon Inc. and the irregularities have been grave and Le Parisien reported last December that the French finance ministry is seeking to fine Amazon €10 million. France has a few times taken the issues to the European Union level. France's competition authority examined Facebook and Google's positions in the French online advertising market, determining that both companies should be investigated for what president of the French competition body, Isabelle de Silva, called an "overwhelmingly dominant position" in the market.