Police Stage Major Raid of Google's Paris Offices Amid Tax Fraud Allegations

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Google’s offices in Paris have been raided by the police over investigations relating to tax fraud.

Le Parisien reports that 'hundreds' of tax and law enforcement officials have been at the offices since 5am local time. The newspaper claims that the activities were backed by five judges, and relate to 'digital tax evasion'.

"These searches are the result of a preliminary investigation opened on June 16, 2015 relative to aggravated tax fraud and organized money laundering following a complaint from French fiscal authorities," the prosecutor's office said in a statement.

"The investigation is aimed at finding out whether Google Ireland Ltd. is permanently established in France and if, by not declaring some of its activity on French soil, it has failed to meet its fiscal obligations, in particular with regard to corporation tax and value added tax."

There are few other details to go on right now, as the operation is said to be top secret. Google’s Paris offices are close to the Gare Saint-Lazare in the ninth arrondissement. [Le Parisien]