France: planned tax could change

M6, TF1 and Canal+ lobbying has been efficient enough in the past weeks to convince French rightwing deputies to amend the planned 3% tax on additional ad revenues.

The French government has proposed the tax to compensate France Télévisions over the public service broadcasting ad ban.

Both networks obtained the fee to be half reduced until 2012. Leftwing deputies have denounced the decision as “surrendering to TF1's pressure”.

The amendment still has to be publicly voted on during the parliamentary debate over the new audiovisual law package that will start on November 25.

Telcos and web access operators have been less lucky, or heard, since the 0.9% revenue tax on that sector has been maintained, but will still be discussed in the voting period.