French TV chief speaks out against Sarkozy proposals


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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