Pour la culture: France mulls taxing the tablet

A guest takes a photograph on an iPad during the Givenchy Spring / Summer 2013 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on September 30, 2012 in Paris, France.

French politicians have their eyes on a potential new source of revenue: smart phones and tablets. France’s minister of culture has endorsed a plan to tax iPads, iPhones, Androids, and other devices by up to four percent in an effort to finance French movies, television, and music.

Stephen Beard of Marketplace's European Desk explains the proposal and looks at how people are reacting to it.

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Stephen Beard is the European bureau chief and provides daily coverage of Europe’s business and economic developments for the entire Marketplace portfolio.


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