Demonstration in Paris against Apple, "symbol of tax evasion"

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Activists of the anti-globalization organization Attac gathered on 18 November 2018 in front of the Apple Store on the Champs-Elysées, to denounce the tax evasion practices of multinationals such as the computer giant / AFP

Activists of the anti-globalization organization Attac gathered on 18 November 2018 in front of the Apple Store on the Champs-Elysées, to denounce the tax evasion practices of multinationals such as the computer giant / AFP

"Apple, pay your taxes!": Several dozen activists of the anti-globalization organization Attac gathered Sunday in front of the Apple Store which had just opened to the public on the Champs-Elysees, to denounce the practices of tax evasion of multinationals like the computer giant.

"We are celebrating, in our own way, the inauguration of the Apple store on the Champs-Elysées, to recall that Apple is one of the biggest tax evaders in the world," AFP Aurélie Trouvé told AFP. the words of Attac, while the militants wearing colorful wigs and pointed hats danced to the sound of the brass band and throwing confetti.

"This is the first market capitalization of the world, but a large part of its empire was constituted in particular by the fact that it extorted billions of euros from citizens, notably European and French, by evading its profits , first in Ireland then today in Jersey, "she accused.

"On the avenue, we have McDonald's, we have HSBC, it's the avenue of tax evaders," she said.

For their part, Apple customers, who had lined up in front of the giant store before it opened at noon, were greeted by employees who cheered and applauded them.

Next door, separated by a cordon of vigils, activists had unfurled banners – "At Apple, they bend over backwards to hide their profits in tax havens" – and an activist disguised as a crisp apple, the symbol of the brand was waving a suitcase overflowing with fake bills. Another wore a mask representing the French president.

"Emmanuel Macron multiplies the gifts for the richest and lets do a tax evasion which today costs 80 billion euros to the State every year, that is to say, overall the French public deficit", indignant Aurélie Trouvé, for whom "the French government has done nothing effective against multinationals".

Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire has repeatedly shown his determination to obtain a European policy on the taxation of digital giants, especially Gafa (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple). Several countries are fiercely opposed to this tax, like Ireland, where several companies have set up their European bridgehead.

Attac activists have also led the action to accuse Apple of "exploiting Asian workers", not to respect the privacy of users, and to practice "hype".

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