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The public audiovisual services are on strike, Tuesday, June 28. They protest against the abolition of the fee, which could jeopardize the independence of the service vis-à-vis the State.
One of Emmanuel Macron’s campaign promises was to abolish the tax. The measure should be presented to Parliament this summer, as part of the purchasing power law. In France, the royalty makes it possible to make live the audio-visual public. It was created in 1933 to finance radio, before being extended to public television in 1949. Each household with a television must thus pay 138 euros per year. This fee is paid by 27.6 million households for an amount of 3.7 billion euros in 2021.
This tax allows the financing of various public media: France Télévisions, Radio France, Arte or France 24. It also allows the financing of cinema, documentaries and creation. His disappearance divides. “We must keep the public service alive”comments a man. “We pay a lot of money, I think that personally it’s a good thing”, replies another. Emmanuel Macron guaranteed that the state would provide the same budget, which could be a threat to the independence of the public information service.
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