France TV tax

The French government is reportedly planning to impose an additional tax on the purchase of TVs, computers and mobile phones in a bid to help state broadcasters recover some of the shortfall – up to E1 billion – caused by the ban on advertising on public TV and radio mooted last week by President Sarkovsky. Electronics industry federation Simavelec’s director Bernard Heger warned taxes would have a major impact on prices, with a 1 per cent or 2 per cent tax on the average E775 LCD television adding E15-30 to the price.

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