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French music star in talks with Downing Street over move to Tech City hub as France's highest earners rail against tax rises

One of France's most famous music stars Jean Michel Jarre has been in talks with the Downing Street over a possible transfer of business operations to the UK, No 10 has said.

The prime minister's office confirmed Jarre, famous for his brand of electronic music, light-show extravaganzas and record-breaking numbers at his vast outdoor concerts, met with No 10 officials in September to discuss locating within the government-backed Tech City, which offers generous tax incentives to investors.

The announcement comes as France's highest constitutional court rejected the Socialist government's attempt to impose a 75% tax on its highest earners.

On the political blog site Order-order, which broke the story on Monday, a Downing Street source was quoted as describing the meeting as a "defection" from France over the higher tax rate. »

- Shiv Malik, Angelique Chrisafis

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