The Straits Times
Published on Jan 02, 2013

French composer Jarre in talks over London move


LONDON (AFP) - French electronic composer Jean Michel Jarre has held talks with Downing Street officials in recent months, the British premier's office confirmed on Tuesday, about setting up business operations in London.

The talks come after France's highest court struck down a proposed 75 per cent tax rate on individual income above a million euros (about S$1.6 million) a year, a plan which saw the republic's biggest film star Gerard Depardieu relocate to Belgium.

"Jean Michel Jarre visited Downing Street to meet with officials about 'Tech City', London's media and technology hub," a spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron's office told AFP.

"There are a growing number of businesses and entrepreneurs from across the world who want to be part of the technology cluster in east London and we are keen for that to continue."