French independent labels trade body UPFI has publicly denounced the government's policy measures to support the music sector.

In a statement, UPFI stressed that "the measures planned for music unfortunately won't have any significant impact on its economic model."

The labels body is referring to the government-backed mission led by Patrick Zelnik - the CEO of French independent label Naïve - to boost the sale of cultural goods online. The mission's conclusions, unveiled in January 2010, led the government to launch a state-subsidized music card allowing young consumers to get cheaper access to legal music stores. The card, praised by the music sector, including UPFI, should finally be released at the end of October.

While also praising the three-strikes scheme currently operational - although no warning has bee sent as of yet - UPFI reckons much more is needed. "From the start, the Zelnik mission has lacked ambition: What we need is a comprehensive plan," UPFI director general Jérôme Roger tells Billboard.biz.

UPFI mainly calls for a revision of the tax credit scheme, implemented in 2007 and allowing record labels to offset part of their investment to develop new talents. Roger says the €12 million ($15.7 million) allocated to this scheme is not even entirely used by labels, given the limits on access to it.

As an example, Roger says that the tax credit won't apply for an artist who has had two gold records in his career, even if he is not a strong record seller at present. "Given current sales volumes, producers need financial support," says Roger.

UPFI also calls for the government to create a fund to support French music, paid trough a tax on ISPs. The body recalls that such a fund has been implemented in 2007 for the cinema industry and that President Sarkozy recently said would be maintained, despite an increasing pressure from French ISPs.