Tuesday, January 08, 2008

French President Sarkozy Calls For “Policy Of Civilisation,” New Measures Of Wealth And Economic And Human Progress, And A 'Moralized' Capitalism

"French television operators would be taxed to fund a public broadcaster similar to Britain’s BBC under a radical broadcasting shake-up that President Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday described as a “policy of civilisation”.

As part of the shake-up, advertising on France’s two public television stations would be scrapped and replaced by revenue from new taxes on mobile phone operators, internet service providers, plus a levy on the advertising revenues of private television channels....

Mr Sarkozy called into question the conventional methods of measuring wealth and standards of living and said the economists Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz would advise on “more complete” ways of measuring France’s economic progress.

The government would also pursue its drive to “moralise” capitalism, withdrawing tax breaks from profitable companies that refused to increase salaries."

Ben Hall "Sarkozy’s vision of a ‘BBC’ for France" Financial Times January 8, 2007

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