French TV chief speaks out against Sarkozy proposals

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The head of France’s public service TV network, France Télévisions, has threatened to resign after president Nicolas Sarkozy unveiled further plans to tighten his control on the state-funded broadcaster.

Sarkozy is planning to scrap advertising on the network – which accounts for about 30 per cent of its income – and, according to the Financial Times, also wants a change in the law that would allow him to appoint its chairman.

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