France appears to be the latest country mulling a levy on sales of smartphones, tablets and other consumer electronics devices, with the proceeds funnelled towards the creative industries. Reuters reports that French president Francois Hollande is considering a proposal by former Canal Plus CEO Pierre Lescure for such a cultural tax. “Companies that make these tablets must, in a minor way, be made to contribute part of the revenue from their sales to help creators,” said culture minister Aurelie Filipetti in a statement to journalists. If Hollande gives the go-ahead, the plans would be part of new financial legislation to be debated in the French parliament late this year. Filipetti claims such a tax will be “minimal and widely distributed”.

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