French Competition Authority Raids Apple's Offices

Posted July 1, 2013 at 6:00pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 6205 views

During a 24-hour operation, French competition authority 'Autorite de la Concurrence' raided Apple's offices and the offices of its major wholesalers and distributors last week, reports Les Echos.

Documents were seized during the raids; however, it's unclear how many and for what reason the raids occurred.

TNW notes that the search may have been prompted by the company's anti-competitive behavior. eBizcuss sued Apple in December 2011 after the company suffered a 30% drop in the third quarter of 2011 when iPad 2 and MacBook Air supplies "dried up". It was forced to liquidate on July 31, 2012 after 36 years in business.

Apple has also been fined multiple times for misrepresenting the warranty coverage of its devices to customers. It apparently failed to pay 5 million euros ($6.5 million) in royalties and taxes on iPads sold in France in 2011 and a French minister Fleur Pellerin recently threatened Apple with EU action over its forced removal of AppGratis from the App Store calling the decision "extremely brutal and unilateral.... This behaviour is not worthy of a company of this size."

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bobas - July 1, 2013 at 11:25pm
at least it shows they love their country unlike dumbases eager for every opportunity to sell national secrets to soviets for few rubles
icrunch - July 1, 2013 at 8:01pm
Ohh, the French again...feeling left out, unnoticed, envious...The French govt. recently noted that it felt the need to tax Apple for "its cultural impact". HAHAHAHHHHAHAHH... You ain't foolin' nobody, France. Paris is a sh**hole, your people are rude, obnoxious, inherently unfriendly, and let's not forget the omnipresent lack of bathing makes you a fundamentally disgusting place. Do the honorable thing and put a bullet through your head tonight. Resistance is futile. Your country's legacy is worthless. And don't forget to buy the iPhone 5S. You know you will. Au revoir, a-holes.
A frenchy - July 1, 2013 at 11:23pm
"... Paris is a sh**hole, your people are rude..." Are you under crack ? French people are rude ? - Your country has practiced torture in Guantanamo. - Your country has launched 3 atomic bombs on innocent civilians. - Your country, in 2013, still apply "death sentence". - Your country spies everybody, even its allies. And we, french people, are rude ? Paris is a sh**hole ? Resistance is futile ? Well, you are definitely under crack. Keep the bullet for your head idiot! Don't get me wrong though... I have nothing against America. You live in American, I do live in France and that is fine that way. And I've lived in the US also... I can compare, you know.
I'm french.... VIVE APPLE. - July 1, 2013 at 11:34pm
Well, you are an unrefined slob and your comments are futile. Resistance is not, futile, but you are. You know what ? I'm french and I do love APPLE products. I also like most of the americans, the cultivated and open minded ones. Not the rednecks like you. Keep the bullet for your head or you arse... your choice.
icrunch - July 2, 2013 at 5:53am
Yes, I'm "under crack". LOL...I love that. hahah...Son, you want to talk about having bases for comparison? YES, the cliche is true: French people are rude, unhelpful - particularly to Americans - they, by and large, reek to high heaven to the point where they're poking holes into the ozone layer of whatever it was that tried to make itself through their digestive system, but couldn't, so now the sludge that you guys call "food" is trying to press through the skin. So yes, I've lived in Europe for many years. Hell, all it takes for me to get nauseous is when Orbitz tells me that my flight connects through Charles de Gaulle airport. And by the way, you be careful now what you say on the interwebs, mon ami, because our govt. has your IP address and if you keep talking shit, you might just end up with a one-way ticket to Guantanamo Beach! Yes, Beach! You must come for a visit. Forget Miami Beach or Santa Monica. We've got some killer waves for waterboarding down there. ;-) Believe you me, you simply must try it. You're not gonna (wanna) leave. Surf's up, dude!
Joe Cole - July 2, 2013 at 1:06pm
icrunch, you're the true deal. I've been laughing my a$$ off especially about killer waves & waterboarding.
Waleesa - July 1, 2013 at 6:24pm
Hmm. Now the proverbial shoe is on the other foot. How does it feel? Remember when Apple used SWAT to unjustly raid the Gizmodo editor's home just because he had legally procured access to a lost prototype of the iPhone 4.
m[o_0]m - July 1, 2013 at 8:44pm
No. I don't.
tim - July 1, 2013 at 6:08pm
easy fix. Apple can afford to pull out of France for a few years... lol.. crap bags!! The government i mean.
Jedediah Johnson - July 1, 2013 at 9:49pm
Apple could probably buy the country of they wanted too. The French government are a weird group of people.
PRISM - July 1, 2013 at 11:43pm
"When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty." Thomas Jefferson. In France, we feel free and protest for our rights it is in our genes. By the way, how would you call a government which spies its allies and its citizens in the name of "9.11 no more" ? Anyway, shouldn't we speaking about APPLE products here ?
icrunch - July 2, 2013 at 6:20am
Boy, you sound bitter. So please allow me to extend to you an invitation to a beautiful new resort: Guantanamo Beach. The weather is always nice, the ocean is just the perfect blend of blue-ish heaven and we've got some killer waves for waterboarding down there. Yea, in fact, bring your whole family! By the time you want to go home, you'll barely able to walk, you will have had so much fun. We all will! ;-) Seriously. Even if you think you were brutalized by sharks, or if you sustained third degree burns, or you're missing a few fingers, I promise you that you will never have experienced anything quite like it. I mean, that's your own fault if you were lying out in the sun for too long. And if you hear any screaming ever, don't you worry! That's other people like you having a killer time on the Beach! So come on down and don't forget to buy an iPhone on your way here. Yes, yes, I know what you're thinking, the 5S is only months away, but who knows, you might not even (wanna) leave. Surf's up, dude!
Jedediah Johnson - July 2, 2013 at 6:29am
France and French people smell like a steamy pool of bloody diarrhea. €8=======D~~~.....
Joe Cole - July 2, 2013 at 1:09pm
icrunch, will you please stop? My head hurts from all that laughing.
icrunch - July 4, 2013 at 10:38am
Hating the French is merely doing my patriotic duty and pursuing one of my favorite hobbies. I get all fuzzy inside. Anyway, Happy Fourth! haha
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