Activist group occupies French Apple stores in protest of unpaid Irish taxes

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An activist organization staged a series of protests at French Apple stores on Saturday, calling on the company to pay the $15.5 billion in back taxes the Irish government has been ordered to collect by the European Commission.

Image Credit: Clement Lanot on Twitter
Image Credit: Clement Lanot on Twitter


Around 100 people occupied Paris' Apple Opera in a centerpiece demonstration by the Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions and Citizen's Action, or Attac for short, according to MarketWatch. There activists pushed past security staff and set up signs, including protest messages left on devices, and a banner with the slogan "We will stop when Apple pays." Some activists handcuffed themselves to railings and waited for police.

PARIS - ATTAC entre de force pour occuper de force un Apple Store. pic.twitter.com/7qRBWFFpAO

— Clment Lanot (@ClementLanot)


The security team evacuated Apple workers from the building. The event lasted three hours, and Attac said it was planning to meet with an Apple representative later on.

For years, loopholes in Irish tax law allowed Apple to funnel billions in international revenue through the country while paying a minute fraction in taxes -- as little as 0.005 percent in 2014. Apple and the Irish government have denied any wrongdoing, but last year a European Commission investigation concluded that Ireland extended preferential state aid, something illegal under E.U. law.

Image Credit: Clement Lanot on Twitter
Image Credit: Clement Lanot on Twitter


Appeals are currently in progress, but Attac demanded that Apple withdraw its appeal with the European Court of Justice. It also made separate criticisms, directing attention to labor practices by Apple suppliers, pollution caused the the extraction of metals, and the company's general encouragement of consumption.

The Irish government has been slow to collect money from Apple. In fact the Commission is taking the country to court to speed up the process, and could level a fine.
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  • Reply 1 of 67
    wood1208wood1208 Posts: 1,383member
    Are they puppet of Franch or European union ?
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  • Reply 2 of 67
    Both, Apple should withdraw from these no good Country....Go and demonstrate in China and see how you’ll last, Apple products are mostly made there.
    racerhomiebshank
  • Reply 3 of 67
    🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄
    magman1979GeorgeBMac
  • Reply 4 of 67
    Note to Apple and the politically correct world in general: Don't let a tiny minority of protesters be even a single blip on your radar.
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  • Reply 5 of 67
    Hey France, why don’t you all pay us back for all of the soldiers lost liberating your country.
    radarthekatmacseekercornchipmagman1979equality72521gilly33anton zuykovglynhbshank
  • Reply 6 of 67
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,076member
    Hey France, why don’t you all pay us back for all of the soldiers lost liberating your country.
    Soldiers?  How's about France paying us back for basically rebuilding their entire country?
    tallest skilradarthekatmacseekermagman1979cornchipjbdragonequality72521glynhlongpathanton zuykov
  • Reply 7 of 67
    sflocal said:
    Hey France, why don’t you all pay us back for all of the soldiers lost liberating your country.
    Soldiers?  How's about France paying us back for basically rebuilding their entire country?
    True, but the human cost was far greater.  My grand father was lucky to come home from WW2
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  • Reply 8 of 67
    Who is behind these protests? They might be some misguided grassroots Marxist organization or they might be George Soros funded.
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  • Reply 9 of 67
    I say close the stores and make them buy in London with British pounds.
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  • Reply 10 of 67
    asdasdasdasd Posts: 4,998member
    I say close the stores and make them buy in London with British pounds.
    The British are looking for money from Apple too. 

    Of of course no money is being “funnelled” - Apple in Ireland is getting the wholesale price of the devices it sells to France etc. 


  • Reply 11 of 67
    For years, loopholes in Irish tax law allowed Apple to funnel billions in international revenue through the country while paying a minute fraction in taxes -- as little as 0.005 percent in 2014. Apple and the Irish government have denied any wrongdoing, but last year a European Commission investigation concluded that Ireland extended preferential state aid, something illegal under E.U. law.
    "Those were US' revenues, so the taxes are to be paid to the US and we'll pay..." That is Apple's point on this tax issue as I understand, not "funnel" or "loopholes" as you misguidedly claim.
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  • Reply 12 of 67
    "We don't negotiate with terrorists."
    -Apple




    That should be the only response they get. Not a meeting. Apple paid every bit of tax it owed. 

    Just because the union wants to rewrite the rules and retroactively apply them (sorry fellas. Things don't work that way) doesn't mean Apple did anything wrong. Period. 

    If anyone should have their work interrupted my mobs, it should be the union offices or trying to bully and steal like this. 

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  • Reply 13 of 67
    Good thing Congress is about to pass US tax reform (Monday, I guess is the final step). This includes a "way out" for US companies overseas to repatriate those trillions of dollars. Do it!
  • Reply 14 of 67
    radarthekatradarthekat Posts: 2,310moderator
    "We don't negotiate with terrorists."
    -Apple




    That should be the only response they get. Not a meeting. Apple paid every bit of tax it owed. 

    Just because the union wants to rewrite the rules and retroactively apply them (sorry fellas. Things don't work that way) doesn't mean Apple did anything wrong. Period. 

    If anyone should have their work interrupted my mobs, it should be the union offices or trying to bully and steal like this. 

    “We don’t negotiate with terrorists AND we intend to sue Attac for using our Apple logo without permission.”
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  • Reply 15 of 67
    netroxnetrox Posts: 563member
    You cannot make Apple or any individual or a company pay back when they were not legally required to pay for it with their legal agreements. I would say screw them. 
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  • Reply 16 of 67
    “What do we want?”

    “Other Peoples’ Money!”

    “When do we want it?”

    “Now!”

    parasites.
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  • Reply 17 of 67
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,531member
    Morons. 
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  • Reply 18 of 67
    Taxation is theft
    equality72521longpathSpamSandwichbshank
  • Reply 19 of 67
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 3,506member
    Professionally printed t-shirts and signs, radio mics… Mmm, not sure about this lot.
    cornchipnetmagelongpathgilly33bshank
  • Reply 20 of 67
    cornchipcornchip Posts: 1,037member
    France doing what France does best.
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