France's President Emmanuel Macron addresses the audience during his visit the Seme City: an International City of Innovation and Knowledge, in Cotonou on July 27, 2022, as part of his official visit in Benin. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / AFP)

No more broadcasting fees in France: Parliament in Paris has decided to abolish the fee. The Senate approved the corresponding legislative proposal for the supplementary budget on Thursday evening.

In the afternoon, the National Assembly as the second chamber of parliament had already approved it. In the future, public broadcasting will be financed, among other things, by part of the value added tax – but only until the end of 2024. For the period after that, the government will then have to present a separate financing plan.

The radio license fee in France is currently 138 euros per year. It is due for all households that own a television. President Emmanuel Macron had announced the abolition of the fee during the election campaign. He wanted to counteract the increased cost of living.