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Prosecutor Confirms Google Paris Raid In Tax Evasion Probe

The investigation aims to verify whether Google Ireland failed in its fiscal obligations in France.
A Google carpet is seen at the entrance of the new headquarters of Google France before its official inauguration in Paris, F
A Google carpet is seen at the entrance of the new headquarters of Google France before its official inauguration in Paris, France December 6, 2011.

May 24 French investigators are raiding Google's Paris headquarters as part of a probe over tax payments, a source close to the finance ministry told Reuters on Tuesday.

Investigators have been probing Google's offices in central Paris since 0500 am (0300 GMT), said the source, who declined to be named.

A spokesman for Google was not immediately available for comment.

France is seeking 1.6 billion euros ($1.79 billion) in back taxes from the U.S. Internet giant Google, criticised for its use of aggressive tax optimisation techniques, another source at the finance ministry had said in February.

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