Dozens of French police raided Google’s offices on last week, escalating an investigation over suspected tax evasion.
French financial prosecutor Eliane Houlette said coppers had collected a lot of computer data.
“We need to analyze (the data) … (it will take) months, I hope that it won’t be several years, but we are very limited in resources”.
Google insists that it is complying fully with French law, is under pressure across Europe from public opinion and governments angry at the way multinationals exploit their global presence to minimize tax liabilities.
Not in the UK of course. In the UK it offered David Cameron’s government a small amount of money to stop bothering it.