The U.S. should not see a proposed European levy on internet giants as an attack against the country, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told CNBC on Saturday, while taking the opportunity to chide America on its trade war.

A European Commission proposal would impose a 3 percent tax on big companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon, who derive a big chunk of their revenues from within the continent.On Saturday, the French minister suggested that it was in fact America that had launched an attack on Europe, by adopting a more aggressive trade policy that targets European imports with tariffs.The EU has long been critical of tech giants for paying too little in tax, with a 250 million euro ($289 million) fine being dished out at Amazon last year over alleged “illegal tax benefits.” Ironically, President Donald Trump has repeatedly lashed out at Amazon for similar reasons.