A French company has been demonstrating technology at this week's International Motor Show in Frankfurt that can park a car by using a mobile phone.

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Park your car with your mobile phone

A French company has been demonstrating technology at this week's International Motor Show in Frankfurt that can park a car by using a mobile phone.

Park your car with your mobile phone
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The technology from Paris-based company Valeo means drivers can hop out of their cars when faced with a tight spot and guide the car in from the safety of their mobile phones. 

The system, which works on both Apple and Android-based phones, operates a series of sensors around the car to guide the vehicle. Drivers can control acceleration and brakes from the phone.

It is the latest development in the company’s Park4U system which is already available in cars manufactured by Volkswagen, Ford, Lincoln and Audi.

Valeo was founded in 1923 as the Société Anonyme Française du Ferodo. It initially distributed brake linings and clutch facings before diversifying in the 1960s and renaming itself Valeo in 1980. The group now employs almost 60,000 people and had a turnover of €9.6 billion ($13.3 billion).

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‘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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