You have to love some news items and in particular answers to perceived problems presented by governments who don't fully understand the problem in the first place.
Further to the report above in an article at http://www.p2pon.com/2010/10/19/france-hopes-to-win-against-piracy-subsidizing-music-purchases/
It now seems that this wonderful scheme will not come in to effect for two years. "According to government officials the program was scheduled for two years, time in which the government expects to sell one two million cards."
The obvious conclusion that you can draw from this is that the French Government is so hand in glove with the Amercan entertainment cartels that they are prepared to subsidise them with french tax payers money. Hoping that in two years time the public will have forgotten how it was arrived at. If this is how they intend to represent their citizens then a drastic rethink needs to take place by the electorate at the next elections.