French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Wednesday that the European Union should go it alone with plans for a digital tax should global talks at the OECD to reformulate international tax rules fail.

“We think that Europe should set the example,” Le Maire told journalists after a virtual meeting with his G20 counterparts, which gave its support to continuing the OECD talks until the middle of 2021.

France has been one of the most critical nations in the European Union concerning the widespread and large-scale tax avoidance used by tech companies, notably Apple.

PHOTO: Bruno Le Maire, French Minister of the Economy, Finance, and Recovery, wearing a protective face mask, leaves following the weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, October 14, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau