Jean Michel Jarre denies suggestions of tax "defection" to London
French rock star Jean Michel Jarre has denied suggestions that he is in talks to move to London in order to escape the threat of a 75% top rate of income tax being imposed in France by president Francois Hollande.
According to a Downing Street source quoted by the political blogger Guido Fawkes, “[Jarre has] been into No. 10 to talk to us about defection – it’s like a crappy old spy movie”.
However, Jarre’s representatives have denied that any interest in London is due to political motivations, explaining that it is because Jarre is interested in locating a business in London’s Tech City.
“For many years, Jean Michel Jarre has had personal and professional links with the UK, none of which were ever motivated by any French political measures,” Jarre said in the statement.
When presented with Jarre’s denial, political blogger Guido Fawkes told Londonlovesbusiness.com that “He would say that, wouldn’t he?”
Meanwhile, a Downing Street spokesman made clear to Londonlovesbusiness.com that Jarre has not met the Prime Minister and instead was in discussion with the UK government about getting involved with Tech City.
“He was looking to set up a Jarre Academy of Electronic Music,” a spokesman added.
Jarre has blazed a trail in French music as a pioneer of electronic and rock music. He has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide and was the first Western musician to be allowed to perform in China.
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