French Government May Tax Technology to Support, Protect Culture

Under consideration by the French President Francois Hollande the idea tends to strengthen the infamous “l’exception culturelle” commonly known as the “cultural exception”, which was established back in 1992, in a bid to safeguard the cultural heritage of the country from foreign competition and market forces.

Under the French law “culturally significant” goods and services are treated differently as compared to the other goods and services. The gist of the entire law is to prevent world domination of English language and American films. This is quite evident from the requirement of the type of music to be played on French radio – 40% of music played has to be in the French language.

The report written by a team led by Pierre Lescure, former CEO of French pay-TV channel Canal Plus and presented to Hollande by French Minister of Culture and Communication, Aurélie Filippetti. According to Filippetti that defending and adapting the “cultural exception” would not only induce growth but, would also increase employment.

Tax in tune of 1 to 4% may be levied on sales of new tablets, smartphone and tablets and the amount could end up to be as high as 86m euros per year, which will be used to protect and support French music, film, and the arts.