Hundreds of tax officials, law enforcement search Google France officesStaff writer ▼ | May 24, 2016
Google's Paris office has been searched by gendarmes as part of a €1.6bn tax fraud probe, according to reports.
Searching for evidence France is seeking €1.6bn in back taxes from Google
Hundreds of tax officials and law enforcement brigade of the financial crime unit were on the premises, it was reported, backed up by five magistrat judges.
France is seeking €1.6bn (£1.3bn) in back taxes from Google, a finance ministry source told Reuters in February.
In January Google agreed to pay the UK government £130m in back taxes for the period between January 2005 and June 2015, but French finance minister Michel Sapin ruled out striking a deal with the US internet giant, saying the sums at stake in France were "far greater" than those in Britain. ■