Royalties: the government justifies its abolition in the face of criticism from the left

Royalties: the government justifies its abolition in the face of criticism from the left

Government spokesman Olivier Véran justified Wednesday in the Senate the abolition of the audiovisual license fee in the face of criticism from the left accusing him of “paving the way” for the far right which promises to privatize public broadcasting.

“We want to guarantee the long-term financing of public broadcasting and restore purchasing power to the French,” he answered a question from Socialist Senator David Assouline, after the approval by the deputies on Saturday of the abolition of the audiovisual license fee in the context of the debate on the draft rectified budget.

“Have no fear,” added Mr. Véran. In order to finance public audiovisual, “parliamentarians, within the framework of the debate, proposed a device which is effectively a part of the VAT (…) until 2025 when it will remain quite possible to mark segments taxation towards special expenses”, he said.

His remarks did not reassure Mr. Assouline: “At a time of populist danger, I am so sorry for your demagogic remarks which seek to oppose in an unhealthy way the legitimate aspiration of purchasing power of the French people to the freedom of inform creation, culture, which we need so much to live”, he lamented in his right of reply.

“Don’t you see that by breaking this dike, you are paving the way for those who want to privatize this public service like Marine Le Pen?”, He got carried away.

After the Assembly at first reading, the Senate must now approve this deletion promised by Emmanuel Macron during the electoral campaign.

The deputies of the majority and LR approved an allocation of “a fraction” of VAT, for an amount of around 3.7 billion euros, in order to respond to concerns about the financing of this sector.

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