PARIS (Reuters) – U.S. internet giant Google (GOOGL.O) on Wednesday won a court challenge against demands by French authorities that it pay 1.1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) in back taxes.

The Paris administrative court ruled that Google Ireland Limited was not subject to corporate and value-added taxes for the period 2005-2010, striking down the tax administration’s demands for back payments.

The ruling in favor of Google, now part of Alphabet Inc., followed a court adviser’s recommendation that Google did not have a “permanent establishment” or sufficient taxable presence to justify the bill.

Reporting by Laurence Frost and Emmanuel Jarry; editing by Richard Lough



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