Apple denies charges of ‘abusive commercial practices’

Apple has issued a statement to the Franch language site, MacGeneration (as noted by MacRumors) denying allegations made by Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire (pictured) that it and Alphabet’s Google are guilty of “abusive commercial practices."

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Here’s Apple’s statement: “We are proud to have strong relationships with tens of thousands of developers across France, who have earned 1 billion euros on the App Store. Many of these talented developers founded their companies with one or two people and then saw their teams grow to offer their applications to users in 155 countries. This was only possible thanks to Apple's investment in iOS, development tools, and the App Store. Apple has always defended the confidentiality and security of users and does not have access to user transactions with third-party applications. We are fully prepared to share our history in the French courts and to clarify this misunderstanding. In the meantime, we will continue to help French developers realize their dreams and support French students in their learning of the code through our coding program.”