The Week: Media News - Google faces French taxes

Google is under threat of being taxed on its advertising revenue in France as part of president Nicolas Sarkozy's ambition to regulate the internet.

Proposals in a government-led report handed to the culture minister, Frederic Mitterrand, recommend that companies deriving income from online search, also including Yahoo! and Microsoft, should be forced to pay a tax levy each time a user clicks on a banner ad or sponsored link.