January 24, 2019 / 7:30 AM / 23 days ago

France keeping 2019 economic forecast and Internet tax plans - Le Maire

FILE PHOTO: French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire attends the questions to the government session at the National Assembly in Paris, France, November 27, 2018. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

DAVOS (Reuters) - France will stick to its forecast for 2019 economic growth of 1.7 percent and broader plans to tax the world’s biggest Internet and software companies, finance minister Bruno Le Maire told Reuters Television on Thursday.

“We will not revise our growth forecast for 2019. We think we will have growth of around 1.7 percent,” Le Maire told Reuters TV in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

France is the current president of the G7 group of the world’s biggest economies, and Le Maire has said that the G7 should consider setting a joint minimum corporate tax and tackle the power of giant multinational corporations.

“We will put on the table the idea of a fair taxation of Internet giants,” Le Maire said.

Reporting by Axel Threlfall and Sudip Kar-Gupta; editing by Jason Neely

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