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France, seeking fresh ways to raise funds and frustrated that American technology companies that dominate its digital economy are largely beyond the reach of French fiscal authorities, has proposed a new levy: an Internet tax on the collection of personal data. The idea surfaced Friday in a report commissioned by President François Hollande, which described various measures his government was taking to address what the French see as tax avoidance by Internet companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook. France Proposing 'Internet Tax' [nytimes.com]
There are too many coffee shops, imho. I have no idea how it can sustain such growth, apart from increasing the prices.