French President Emmanuel Macron will maintain “frank” talks with Facebook Chief Govt Mark Zuckerberg on tax and information privateness in per week’s time when he welcomes the bosses of main tech companies to Paris in a drive to lure extra funding.
The French chief’s workplace stated he would meet Zuckerberg and greater than a dozen expertise chief executives throughout a Tech for Good summit at which he’ll pitch France Inc but additionally push his case for an EU tax on digital turnover and name for a harder battle towards pretend information.
Macron, 40, paints himself as a champion of France’s plugged-in youth and desires to rework France right into a “startup nation”, however he’s additionally spearheading efforts in Europe to have digital tax firms pay extra tax at supply.
The summit comes at a time Fb is below stress in the USA and in Europe over information privateness after it emerged that tens of hundreds of thousands of customers’ private information harvested from the web site by political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.
“There can be powerful discussions,” one official in Macron’s workplace stated.
Macron will maintain a one-on-one assembly with Zuckerberg, throughout which all topics can be raised in “very frank” discussions, the president’s workplace stated.
In April, Zuckerberg fielded questions over two days from US lawmakers over the way it handles non-public information, refusing to make any guarantees to help new laws or change how the social community does enterprise.
Lawmakers in Europe are demanding solutions too and the European Parliament has requested Zuckerberg seem earlier than the meeting greater than as soon as.
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