A choice “consistent with the abolition of the housing tax” justified the candidate for his succession.
Emmanuel Macron pledged Monday, if he is re-elected, to abolish the TV license fee and to triple the ceiling of the “Macron bonus” which so far allows companies to pay up to 1000 euros without charge or tax.
“We will remove the taxes that remain, the royalty is part of it,” he said. during an exchange with 200 inhabitants of Poissy (Yvelines)for his first public appearance as a presidential candidate.
An annual contribution of 138 euros
According to the head of state, this abolition is “consistent with the abolition of the housing tax”, one of the key measures of his campaign in 2017.
Since 2009, the contribution to public broadcasting has been payable by anyone who is subject to housing tax and who owns a television. Its amount is determined by Parliament and currently stands at 138 euros in mainland France.
This fee is used to finance public sector TV and radio channels, such as France Télévisions, Radio France, Arte or France Médias Monde (France 24, RFI, etc.).
No desire for privatization for Macron
Before Emmanuel Macron, candidates Valérie Pécresse (LR), Marine Le Pen (RN) and Éric Zemmour (Reconquests) announced their intention to abolish the license fee, some of them proposing to privatize part or all of the public media. The president-candidate does not intend to privatize the public media.
Emmanuel Macron presented this measure in the middle of a series of proposals to support purchasing powersuch as the tripling of the “Macron bonus”, without charges or taxes.
This tax-free bonus that he has introduced since 2020, “we will triple it”, because “that is purchasing power”, he said.
“Work must pay more,” he hammered during this exchange during which he was also questioned several times about the war in Ukraine.