France’s ISP Tax Draws A European Competition Inquiry



French president Nicolas Sarkozy went down pretty badly with ISPs, mobile operators and commercial broadcasters when in 2008 he announced he would tax them to fund the removal of prime-time ads from state broadcaster France Televisions.

It’s been almost a year now since the tax took effect on March 2009, but it looks like those French companies affected by the tax might finally get their day in court: the European Commission has opened an infringement procedure against France over the matter, with the view that the levy is incompatible with European law. France currently raises

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