Apple-maker iPhone has signed a tax refund agreement with the French authorities.

The local publication claims that the company paid almost 500 million euros (570 million dollars, 439 million pounds sterling) under a secret agreement reached at the end of last year.

The French office of Apple confirmed in an assertion that such a transaction was but disclaimed to comment on it.

France promotes the introduction of the EU tax on the largest technology companies.

“Major Audit”

The publication stated that the detection was aimed at a small volume of sales, which the company ordered in France, despite the size of the country as the Apple market.

Most sales are made in Ireland, where the American firm has a headquarters, as well as a low corporate tax rate.

Last year, the company paid an additional £ 136 million in taxes after an “broad audit” conducted by HM Tax and Customs.