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France Plans 5% Digital Tax as Governments Chase Internet Giants

Amazon distribution center in Saran, France. 

Amazon distribution center in Saran, France. 

Photographer: Guillame Souvant/AFP via Getty Images

France intends to tax the revenue of about 30 Internet giants such as Amazon.com Inc. to help ensure “fiscal justice,” according to Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire.

The levy of as much as 5 percent of French sales will start Jan. 1 and potentially raise about 500 million euros ($570 million) for the state, Le Maire told Le Parisien newspaper. Under the plan, which the cabinet will discuss on Wednesday, the tax will apply to any company with global revenue of more than 750 million euros and French sales above 25 million euros, Le Maire said.