In the event of invalidation, the State should have returned the total sum of 1 billion euros to the ISPs.
The Court of Justice of the European Union has just validated the telecoms tax. Created in 2009 during the reform of public broadcasting, this device was set up to finance the activities of France Televisions despite opposition from Brussels.
Controversial, this so-called Copé tax therefore aims to compensate for the end of advertising on France Televisions after 8 p.m. Based on the turnover of ISPs, it would bring in nearly 250 million euros each year to the State, specifies Le Figaro.
If it had not been validated by the Luxembourg Court, the government would have had to pay the total sum of 1 billion euros to French telecom operators. The latter had seized the European Commission, which had relied on a directive stipulating that a tax on the sector could only be used to finance its regulation.
Despite this favorable decision, the question of reinstating advertising after 8 p.m. would persist.