Apple is refusing to pay a French tax on music players, reports French-language website MacGeneration.

Since July 4, 2002 France, like Canada, has levied a tax on digital music players. While not large (it starts at €10, and rises to €15 for players with capacities of 40GB or above), revenues raised by the tax are intended to compensate for loss of artist's earnings as a result of digital music theft.

MacGeneration reports that Apple has refused to pay the tax since the law was passed, and has no plans to pay it.