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    Apple products such as the iPhone and iPad may soon be subject to a new “culture tax,” as France considers levying such a fee on technology giants in order to help preserve its cultural products. According to Reuters, former Canal Plus CEO Pierre Lescure was recently tasked with finding new ways of funding French cultural projects in the face of economic downturn. Noting that consumers are spending more money on hardware than on content, Lescure proposed a one percent tax on the sale of Internet-compatible devices.

    The new tax would target iPhones and iPads from Apple but also Android tablets and Amazon’s Kindle Fire devices. Lescure’s plan would likely yield roughly 86 million euros per year. The revenue would go to support cultural industries creating French music, images, and videos according to the proposal. As of right now, television users, TV and radio broadcasters, and Internet service providers already pay a similar tax.

    For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, in France, cinema, music, and other creative sectors fall under the “cultural expedition,” which largely protects them from foreign competition. France lobbies heavily for the protection of its culture, with officials from the country expected to push for the exemption of its cultural products from free trade rules in forthcoming talks. The proposal, which is expected to go before parliament in the fall has drawn criticism for contributing to the perception of France as an anti-business nation. France has repeatedly targeted the pocketbooks of the wealthy in order to fund its government and protect social and cultural institutions as the global economic downturn drags on.

    French officials are torn regarding the future of the proposal, which some believe oversteps the bounds of the state’s role with regard to the private sector. France’s Industry Minister recently blocked an attempt by Yahoo to buy a majority stake in the country’s video clip site, Dailymotion as well. In the past, the government has also clashed with Google in 2010, following the proposal of one percent tax on all advertising expenses. French officials even went as far as proposing a tax on the collection of personal data from users.

    We’ll have to wait and see what comes of the whole ordeal.

    Source: Reuters via AppleInsider

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    2013-05-14 01:07 AM
  2. rickuk's Avatar
    Guess the French will start going over the borders to purchase their Apple devices
    2013-05-14 02:46 AM
  3. HeliPilot's Avatar
    Crap, is we tried half of that in the USA the rest of the world would cry "PROTECTIONISM".
    2013-05-14 03:39 AM
  4. fanboyfanboy's Avatar
    Crap, is we tried half of that in the USA the rest of the world would cry "PROTECTIONISM".
    No to be the grammar nazi or anything but its hypocrites*
    2013-05-14 06:55 AM
  5. BhadKarma's Avatar
    Everywhere is trying to tax something. Then you hear about gov officials ... And tax money being wasted. Here let's tax another thing for this thing so we can waste this much else where.

    :RANT: enjoy the tax France. They'll buy over the border then. Smart.
    2013-05-14 12:47 PM
  6. mtrem's Avatar
    LOL... that's because no one gives a craps *ss about the French culture.. not even the French. In France they're almost as retarded as the fools in Quebec. The French THAT'S a bunch of ignorant peasants that the world has yet to understand LOL. You want people to be interested in your culture.. TAXING them is NOT the way to do it you dumb*ss MUTH*F*CKERS!
    2013-05-14 03:10 PM
  7. Villebilly's Avatar
    Agreed, this is how stupid is when it wants to tax everything. If the art was so interesting it wouldn't be struggling like it is. If they were smart they'd find a way to incorporate technology and companies like Apple to their art so that it would still be in demand.
    2013-05-14 03:54 PM
  8. cpotoso's Avatar
    As opposed to being taxed on all our income to fund the wars that keep the greatest american cultural event: the war industrial complex.
    2013-05-14 07:29 PM
  9. HeliPilot's Avatar
    No to be the grammar nazi or anything but its hypocrites*
    Damn auto correct. I knew it didn't look right. LOL
    2013-05-14 11:38 PM