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[News] [Rival] Protests Against Nicolas 'Microsoft' Sarkozy

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France to Tax Internet, Mobile Sales to Fund Ad-Free Public TV 

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| France will ban prime-time advertising on public television as of Jan. 1 and 
| plans to tax Internet, mobile-phone and commercial-broadcasting companies to 
| replace the lost funding, President Nicolas Sarkozy said today.  
| [...]
| The plan is opposed by unions representing workers in public media, many of 
| whom went on strike last week. The proposals require parliamentary approval. 



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| [Nicolas] Sarkozy and his family have been vacationing at
| a lakefront estate in Wolfeboro owned by former Microsoft Corp. executive
| Michael Appe.


Sarkozy intervenes in France to revert the OOXML position

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| Confidential sources say that President Sarkozy has intervened himself in the
| French position on Microsoft OOXML, asking members of the committee to revert
| their position, and support an abstention. Our sources say he was approached
| by a lobbyist during his 3-days trip in England. The intervention has been
| made on Friday.    


Big Brother: Sarkozy calls for it, his government does it.

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| "I want to see everything and know everything." - Nicolas Sarkozy, 2006, on
| video-surveillance
| La Quadrature du Net (Squaring the Net) has seen the draft "Trust Online”
| Charter (FR) that the Ministry of the Interior is asking ISPs to sign by June
| 10th. The text confirms La Quadrature’s worst fears. Under the pretext of
| protecting users, the French government is attempting to put in place an
| all-encompassing Internet monitoring and filtering system. It seeks to avoid
| the usual processes of law-making, in order to impose disproportionate
| obligations on the ISPs – obligations which violate fundamental rights and
| which are contrary to the ethos of the Internet environment.


EU hopes for Community patent under French Presidency

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| "If there is enough political will, I am confident of having a solution soon,
| maybe even under the French Presidency," Vijzak stated.


Sarkozy’s broadband tax plan snagged by Eurocrats

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| THE EU COMMISSION has warned that France’s quest for universal internet
| access would be hampered by a presidential proposal to tax broadband usage.  
| The plan is to supplement the licence fee for public broadcast television and
| radio which has a funding shortfall due to the decision to abolish
| advertising in order to 'raise standards'.  
| Speaking in Paris this week, EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding,
| condemned President Sarkozy’s proposal arguing it contradicted his own
| ambition to make broadband available to all French people.  

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