Apple’s big and bougie store on Paris’ Champs-Élysées opens in November

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The Champs-Élysées location doesn't get away with the giant glass doors found on other recent flagship Apple Stores.
The Champs-Élysées location doesn't get away with the giant glass doors found on other recent flagship Apple Stores.
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There are few streets more ritzy than the Champs-Élysées. That’s likely why an Apple Store is opening there this fall.

At the same time, the company is closing its location in the Carrousel du Louvre, underneath the pyramid in front of this world-famous museum.

France bans smartphones and tablets from schools

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What to expect from Apple education event 2018.
Just don't take your iPhone with you!
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Think smartphones are an unavoidable part of daily school life if you’re a teen? Think again. Well, if you live in France, at least.

Under new legislation, French students are banned from using either smartphone or tablets during the school day. The new laws were part of President Emmanuel Macron’s election promises.

Apple willing to go to court to clear up ‘misunderstanding’ in France

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France isn't happy about the App Store.
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France is suing Apple and Google for ‘abusive’ deal with developers

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France isn't happy about how Apple treats developers.
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French pranksters face Apple Store ban for tax protests

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Apple's flagship store in Paris.
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Apple wants us to think of our friendly local Apple Store as a “community hub” or “town square,” but that apparently doesn’t include being a space for public protests.

According to a new report, Apple has gone to court in Paris to try and prevent French tax campaigners from pulling stunts inside its local retail stores. Specifically, it wants to ban the French NGO Attac from entering its premises.

France is investigating Apple over throttling iPhone speeds

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Apple is accused of purposely slowing older iPhones to push customers to upgrade.
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French consumer watchdog DGCCRF, part of the country’s economy ministry, is investigating Apple over its alleged deception concerning the “throttling” of older iPhone models.

French law makes it a crime to purposely shorten the lifespan of a product in order to force customers to replace it. In the event that a company is found guilty of this, it can face fines of up to five percent of its annual sales.

Tim Cook talked taxes, supporting startups with French president

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Tim Cook still hid a few surprises up his sleeve for the iPhone X event.
This was Tim Cook's first meeting with the French president.
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Yesterday’s first ever meeting between Apple CEO and French President Emmanuel Macron involved discussion of Apple’s support for local startups and French economic reforms — which could result in Apple having to pay more in the countries where it operates.

Macron is one of many European leaders wanting to reform tax structures to make it more difficult for companies, including Apple, to avoid taxes by using complex shell company structures. He has previously accused tech giants of failing to contribute to a common good.

Apple dives deeper into AI with latest acquisition

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Regaind could give iOS Photos an AI boost.
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Apple has quietly made another acquisition of a little-known startup that could bring some big benefits to iPhone and iPad users in the future.

A small France startup called Regaind was reportedly acquired by Apple. The company specializes in using machine learning to recognize what’s in a photo, which could boost some features Apple already created in its photos app.

Apple among tech giants in France and Germany’s crosshairs

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France and Germany want to cut down on tech giants' tax avoidance.
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France and Germany are looking to crack down on loopholes that allow U.S. tech companies, including Apple, to minimize their tax contributions at the expense of local rivals.

According to a new report, France will kick things off by proposing “simpler rules” for taxing tech giants. These will be revealed at a meeting with EU officials in mid-September.