Once the operation was discovered, Le Maire took the ministry's fraud office into investigation and found out that there were some "significant imbalances" in the relationship between the two parties.
France added more kindling to a growing commercial dispute between Europe and the United States, announcing Wednesday it would sue American tech giants Google and Apple over allegedly abusive business practices.
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire says the country will take Apple and Google to court over mobile developer contracts.
The fines could be in the millions of euros. This concerns the time period between 2015 and 2017. As Engadget reported at the time, the city of Paris complained that Amazon is hurting and destabilizing the economy. The case was brought on behalf of the French finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, by the French Directorate for fair trading, consumer affairs and fraud control (DGCCRF).
France has a mixed relationship with US internet companies - both encouraging them to invest here, but also to pay more European Union taxes - as it tries to build its home-grown industry.
Both Apple and Google declined to comment immediately on Mr Le Maire's claims. France's competition authority examined Facebook and Google's positions in the French online advertising market, determining that both companies should be investigated for what president of the French competition body, Isabelle de Silva, called an "overwhelmingly dominant position" in the market.