France is to stick to plans for a tax on digital giants such as Facebook and Apple, despite displeasure in the United States and a lack of agreement across the EU.

France, along with Britain, Italy and Spain, is pushing ahead with plans for such taxes after member states failed to reach an agreement for the EU as a whole.

Last night US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian not to approve a digital services tax, saying it would hurt US technology firms, the US State Department said.

The French foreign ministry said in a later statement that Mr Le Drian had assured Mr Pompeo that France's position on taxing tech firms had not changed, urging his counterpart to instead join in efforts to bring in rules at an international level.

Speaking this morning as he arrived for talks in Bucharest, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said: "We are determined to implement a tax on the largest digital companies to bring more justice and efficiency to the international tax system".

France has spearheaded efforts at the EU and on the international level to change rules that currently enable companies such as Facebook and Google to reduce their tax bills by booking revenue in low-tax countries like Ireland.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development is working on a draft deal, which it officially aims to have ready in 2020.