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France uses artificial intelligence software to track unannounced gatherings

France uses artificial intelligence software to track unannounced gatherings

Using artificial intelligence, France has tracked more than 20,000 illegal swimming pools – and brought an additional 10 million euros in tax revenue into state coffers. Now the chase has been extended.

08/30/2022, 16:4030.08.2022, 17:20

Artificial intelligence spies are here France He went fishing in the pool.

Not to test their chances of surviving underwater, but to track down unauthorized pools and thus ensure more tax fairness.

But from the start.

In cooperation with the tax authorities and The Google French consulting firm Capgemini has developed artificial intelligence software that tracks non-taxable real estate and swimming pools. Because: In France, all swimming pools must be declared because they increase the value of the property.

An artificial intelligence program has discovered more than 20,000 unauthorized swimming pools in France. Photo: shutterstock

The pilot project started in October 2021 at a few select sites in the country. The AI ​​program has detected more than 20,000 illegal pools. This brought the tax authorities an additional revenue of 10 million euro a, As reported by the French media.

Most illegal swimming pools in the French Riviera

Nine sections (Alpes-Maritimes, Var, Bouches-du-Rhône, Ardèche, Rhône, Haute-Savoie, Morbihan, Maine-Loire and Vendée) have been analyzed so far. Bouches-du-Rhône, located in the southeast of the country, was marked by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur with the discovery of 7,000 swimming pools.

Now the chase has been extended.

From September, the program will be used across the country – with a goal of raising nearly €40 million next year Guidance Collecting. This was announced by the tax authorities. One wants to “adhere to the citizens’ desires for fairness and tax justice.”

The program can (discover) more

In another step, the software can be used to identify unannounced extensions, stands or pavilions. “We are specifically targeting home extensions such as balconies,” says Antoine Magnant, Deputy Director General of Public Finance. But caution is required. First you have to make sure that the program does not confuse extensions with kennels or children’s playhouses. The program is currently not far off.

But the financial aspect isn’t the only reason to track gatherings. According to media reports, it is also about water use. A controversial topic, given the current drought in the country, is likely to occupy France more and more in the coming years.