PARIS: The French government said Wednesday that it would take Google and Apple to court over “abusive business practices” against smaller rivals, threatening fines that could further strain transatlantic ties as fears of a trade war grow.

“I believe in an economy based on justice and I will take Google and Apple before the Paris Commercial Court for abusive business practices” against French start-ups, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told RTL radio.

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