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France’s Orange adds to iPhone 5 release hype

French mobile network operator Orange has broken the secrecy surrounding Apple's new iPhone 5 through a job advert, despite the US firm's ban on its partners referring to the product before its
expected September release.

France's Orange adds to iPhone 5 release hype
JD Hancock

Orange which is owned by France Telecom is Apple’s official partner in France.  

The advertised opening was for an engineer, a university graduate or with a business degree, who would be expected to work with the fifth-generation handset.  

The offer has been available online on the France Telecom Orange human resources website since Thursday and says “one of the main issues is the definition, as precisely as possible, of what impact a handset like the iPhone 5 will have on clients’ Internet use”.  

Orange also talks vaguely about a modification of the handset’s use by “iPhone 5” users.  

The fifth-generation iPhone whose official name has not yet been announced is widely expected to be launched in September and available in shops shortly after.  

The California company has not commented on the secrecy breach and France Telecom Orange had no comment either when contacted by AFP early Saturday.  

Apple dethroned software giant Microsoft in May of last year to become the largest US technology company in terms of market cap — the number of shares multiplied by the stock price.  

Apple stock has risen steadily over the past few years as chief executive Steve Jobs piloted the release of a string of hit products starting with the iPod in 2001, followed by the iPhone in 2007 and the iPad last year.  

Apple’s ascension to most valuable company was seen as remarkable given that it was floundering and seemingly heading into oblivion before Jobs returned to the helm about 15 years ago.

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APPLE

‘Apple, pay your taxes!’: Protest greets US tech giant’s Champs-Élysées launch

The launch of an Apple store on the Champs Elysees in Paris was greeted Sunday by a protest against the US multinational's controversial fiscal practices.

'Apple, pay your taxes!': Protest greets US tech giant's Champs-Élysées launch
Demonstrators during the opening of a new Apple store on the Champs Elysees. Photo: AFP
Activists from the tax campaign group Attac gathered on the celebrated boulevard, wearing coloured wigs and party hats, throwing confetti and chanting: “Apple, pay your taxes!”
   
The group had staged a sit-in at Apple's flagship Paris store in December 2017, and in February a French court declined to approve a ban on such actions following a request by the US computer giant.
   
“We have come to celebrate in our own way the inauguration of Apple's Champs Elysees store, to remind people that Apple is one of the biggest tax evaders in the world,” Attac spokeswoman Aurelie Trouve told AFP at the protest, which featured a brass band.
   
Apple, the first US company to attain one trillion dollars in market capitalisation, grew in part owing “to the fact that it extorts billions of euros from citizens, notably European and French, through fiscal evasion of its profits, first in Ireland and now in Jersey,” the spokeswoman said.
   
Meanwhile security personnel allowed customers to enter the new store to a boisterous welcome by Apple employees.
   
Attac — the Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions and Citizens Action — criticises French President Emmanuel Macron for failing to tackle multinational tax practices.
   
French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire has pushed for a Europe-wide tax policy on computer giants such as Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple but Ireland, which attracts such companies, is opposed while EU heavyweight Germany has voiced only lukewarm support for the French initiative.
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