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Apr 12, 2001

Apple CEO Tim Cook will meet French president Emmanuel Macron on Monday, according to the Élysée Palace's official published agenda. Cook has been invited to the head of state's Paris residence for an afternoon meeting, but the reasons for the visit have not yet been made public.

Topics up for discussion could include Apple's code-learning drive in schools, or perhaps more likely, the issue of corporate tax law in the country.


France has called for an aggressive overhaul of how tech companies like Apple pay tax across the European Union, and President Macron is one of the leaders behind the tax crackdown, which has a goal of bringing a more unified corporate tax system across the euro states.

EU officials recently gathered to look at existing loopholes which are said to have allowed tech companies to minimize taxes and grab market share at the expense of Europe-based companies, and Macron has personally been unhappy with the way French firms struggle to compete with countries where taxes and social security payments are lower.

Cook was last in France back in February when he toured the country, dropping in at local Apple Stores and meeting with French creatives and businesses.

(Via MacGeneration. Source: Mac4Ever.)

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macrumors 603
Nov 4, 2008
Had to edit my initial comment as I can see how it could have been misconstrued. Tim will need to be extra slimy when dealing with Marcon.
Something tells me this guy doesn't mess about.
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macrumors 68000
Jul 3, 2008
That Apple code learning school topic they’ll talk about is just like the icing decoration on the cake. I always know the motives of this talk especially Timmy. It’s not always for the interest our citizens here in France his interest his for his company. Nothing else!


macrumors 6502a
Mar 28, 2011
France has always been a stronghold for Apple, especially during the dark ages. Except China, that’s the non-English speaking country with the most Apple stores (and many authorized resellers). Macron likes technologies so some good things might happen here.
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Jun 24, 2013
Making deals means considering each other’s diverse constituent members. Speaking of France’s political base and Apple’s consumer bases, each is diverse and very vocal. #watching

So, Macron and Cook will aim to check multiple boxes to maintain these diverse constituent pools. Big organizations work/grow like this, ‘united ... or they fall divided’ typically, and no - Lincoln was not the pioneer of this axiom. #ancient

Big is not presumptively good, rather maintaining big reflects certain habits of process. Once big, there’s much attention and therefore an easy way to shed members in a hurry! It is here that I am surprised how most comments above have presumed that Macron and Cook will act in a way to shed members in a hurry. #unlikely


macrumors 604
Dec 7, 2007
The Adirondacks.
Maybe France has an opportunity to be the new Ireland?

Doubtful. Much of Apple's arguments are the fact that the EU changed the rules in the middle of the game. Any new investments would fall under the new rules. Perhaps it could be a very initial feel each other out for down the road when the EU looses the suit. :apple:


Feb 11, 2008
Just hit me, his trying to get cheaper Hermes watch bands.....
Macron is just having problems with his dongles not working properly on his MacBook. He’s also stuck trying to find a headphone jack on his phone.

Tim is just making a house call.

Ha ha ha - his called the wrong bloke, Tim has the same issues judging by his natural ability to deliver an apple keynote around products ....
France has always been a stronghold for Apple, especially during the dark ages. Except China, that’s the non-English speaking country with the most Apple stores (and many authorized resellers). Macron likes technologies so some good things might happen here.

Did not know that.


Sep 7, 2011
This is probably Tim Cook trying to influence Macron

Timmies going to go in there "remember Macron, Apple is big business, if you don't want to piss us off, don't make us pay taxes. We will even throw a bone your way by 10 new shiny apple stores!"

Something tells me. if Macron keeps to his guns, Cook isn't going to be happy with the new tax regulations. The EU seems to realize that letting the corporations who pay taxes, also help influence tax policy, seems to cause "loopholes" in tax code that allows for companies like Apple to pay far less tax (per percentages) than most of the world.

After years of tax loopholes being used around the world for these purposes, many countries are wising up and starting to look harder at the influence corporations have in tax policy.


macrumors 65816
Oct 19, 2005
Well, Tim does have time on his hands... He should stay there for a year or two. Doesn't look like he is running apple. I think his only responsibility is the dongle quality control program, which is also why they suck!

Maybe Macron can convince the fool it's time to retire.
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