France Raids Apple Offices in Retail Probe

French authorities have conducted a raid on Apple's local offices as part of an investigation into whether or not the Mac, iPhone and iPad maker was unfairly blocking competition by holding back on product shipments to other retailers. Government agents seized documents linked to complaints about Apple's pricing practices.

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Along with the raid on Apple's offices, French authorities are also investigating the company's App Store pricing practices. That investigation started about a year ago over complaints that Apple's policies made it difficult for developers to make a living.

Part of the concern developers have is that once customers buy apps for iOS devices they can't transfer those purchases to other platforms like Google's Android.

The French government isn't elaborating on its actions at this time, but GigaOM said officials did confirm that the investigations are happening and that reports of the raid are correct.