Sarkozy invites web leaders to G8, wants more tax

PARIS Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:12pm IST

France's President Nicolas Sarkzoy delivers a speech during the annual meeting of French mayors in Paris November 20, 2007. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/Files

France's President Nicolas Sarkzoy delivers a speech during the annual meeting of French mayors in Paris November 20, 2007.

Credit: Reuters/Charles Platiau/Files

Related Topics

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Nicolas Sarkzoy said on Wednesday he would invite Internet business leaders to an end-May G8 summit to discuss regulation of the web and he called for more scope for governments to tax Internet firms.

Regulation of the Internet is one of the main topics of a May 26-27 meeting of G8 leaders to be held in the coastal resort of Deauville in northern France, which will also discuss economic aid to North African countries in the wake of this year's political upheavals.

"Ahead of the Deauville summit, on May 24-25, we will gather in Paris eminent representatives of the world of the Internet, who will participate in a G8 Forum to aid the discussions by heads of state and government," Sarkozy said, adding he would ask some of the business leaders to attend the summit itself.

Sarkozy's government signed an official decree on Wednesday creating the National Digital Council (CNN), composed of 18 members, to advise the French government on Internet issues.

Launching the new body, Sarkozy said he wanted to discuss the issue of "digital taxation" of major Internet companies, like Google.

Sarkozy said it was not normal that Internet companies conducted massive business in countries like France -- where the state helped to finance telecoms infrastructure -- but relocated "all of their taxation with the sole aim of maximising tax efficiency".

"Between that and a level of taxation which would penalise the creation of new Internet companies...between nothing and excess, can we not find a compromise?" Sarkozy asked.

(Reporting by Emmanuel Jarry; Editing by Jon Loades-Carter)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Tech Results

Reuters Showcase

Cyber Attack

Cyber Attack

China-backed hackers may have infiltrated Apple's iCloud - blog.  Full Article 

Fat Paycheck

Fat Paycheck

New Microsoft CEO Nadella's pay tops $80 mln with big stock awards.  Full Article 

Court Case

Court Case

Facebook sues lawyers for pursuing dubious Ceglia lawsuit.  Full Article 

Online Security

Online Security

Wall Street urges U.S. regulators' joint cybersecurity approach  Full Article 

Facebook Stake

Facebook Stake

Fidelity Contrafund loads up on Facebook and it pays off  Full Article 

App for Kids

App for Kids

New apps bring kids' playtime back to real world  Full Article 

'Robotic Eyes'

'Robotic Eyes'

Helps Japan's bipedal bot run faster.  Video 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage