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“We are making considerable efforts to reduce the digital divide,” says the president of the French Telecom Federation

Didier Casas, President of the French Federation of Telecoms, December 17, 2018. (FRANCEINFO / RADIOFRANCE)

Among the elements of anger of the “yellow vests”, there is the bad coverage of a whole rural France. A fact that Didier Casas intends to improve. French operators invest 9.6 billion euros a year to reduce the divide between France well and poorly covered and “we are committed to focusing our priorities on the least dense parts of the territory”, notes Didier Casas. “We will deploy 4G on 55,000 kilometers of priority roads from 2020. We will do the same on 23,000 rail lines by 2025”he explains.

“Today, the value in the digital economy is on the side of Gafa (Facebook, Apple, Google, Amazon) and taxation is on the side of the operators”, says Didier Casas. “We deploy networks on which the GAFAs make their value but they do not participate in the financing of our networks and do not pay or very few taxes in France.There is one obvious inequity.” Bruno Le Maire announces that France will begin to levy the tax on Gafa from January 1, without waiting for its adoption at European level, it is a good initiative.France expects 500 million euros. Didier Casas just specifies that the specific taxation of the telecom sector in addition to that of common law amounts to 1.2 billion euros. “I think there is still some way for the Gafa to catch up with us”.

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