By David Robinson

Fears of a new tax on boat anchorages in France have been withdrawn. The French Assembly supported the complete removal of the proposed tax yesterday.

The ECPY (the European Council for Professional Yachting) highlighted this tax and the potential dangers it held some time ago, as reported by IBI. The tax was originally just to apply to Corsica as a means of protecting the local seabed from damage by yachts. However, it was later extended to the whole of France.

The Assembly followed the earlier decision last May in voting to abandon the tax proposal. This is seen as good news and common sense for the French yachting industry, which is worth some €1.5bn in total including €720m from the Cote d’Azur.