And in France, computer giant Apple has asked a court in Paris to bar tax campaigners from holding protests at its stores. Since December, members of the group Attac have been staging demonstrations at Apple stores in Paris calling for an end to Apple’s complex efforts to avoid paying European Union taxes. This is tax activist Aurélie Trouvé.
Aurélie Trouvé: “The world’s biggest multinational company practices massive tax evasion, and we are calling this out through civil disobedience. Since we hit a nerve, because Apple cannot tolerate its image being harmed, and because we’re informing people that Apple practices tax evasion, they filed an urgent court order against us through what is a called a gag order, meaning that—at least this is what they are asking—we will have to pay 150,000 euros if we hold any future demonstrations against an Apple store.”