Sunday 20 April 2014

France may put tax on smartphones

France is considering a new sales tax on smartphones (AP)

France is considering creating a new tax on smartphones and tablets in a bid to raise millions to support the creation of digital cultural content.

The proposal, handed to president Francois Hollande, outlines a 1% tax on the sale of internet-compatible devices, targeting companies such as Google, Apple and Amazon. The tax would yield about 86 million euro (£72 million) a year. The revenue would help cultural industries create French content such as music, images and videos.

The proposal is part of France's "cultural exception," a policy that protects French cinema and music industries, and other creative sectors, against foreign - often American - competition.

The French government will meet leading figures of the cultural sector in the next few weeks before any decision is made.

Press Association

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