France: Berlusconi's Italy in disguise?
Pascale Paoli Lebailly
Monday, 16 November 2009 19:58

Some French left-wing elected representatives from Parti Socialiste have presented a law-project to regulate concentration in the media sector. Comparing Nicolas Sarkozy’s France to Berlusconi’s Italy, their project proposes to outlaw any company that lives from public commissions from owning directly or indirectly any radio or TV service, daily or news magazine.

Left-wing representatives are clearly targeting Serge Dassault and Martin Bouygues, the respective bosses of Le Figaro and TF1 and personal friends with Nicolas Sarkozy.

Presented in a press conference by Senator David Assouline and Deputy Patrick Bloche, this project will be defended this week in Senate and Assembly. However, it has no chance of being adopted as the PS party has no majority in French Assembly.