French parliament abolishes TV licence fee

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France will abolish its broadcasting licence fee, after the Senate approved a corresponding bill on the supplementary budget.

The National Assembly, the lower house of the French parliament, had already approved the bill on Thursday afternoon.

Until the end of 2024, public broadcasting is to be financed by part of the Value-Added Tax, among other things.

For the period after that, the government must then present a separate plan for funding.

Currently, the annual licence fee in France is 138 euros ($A201), due for all households that own a TV.

President Emmanuel Macron promised to scrap the fee during his last election campaign, to counteract the increased cost of living.

By approving the supplementary budget, parliament also gave the green light to 10 billion euros to go towards fully nationalising indebted energy giant EDF, to facilitate major investments in nuclear power, among other things.

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