France Won’t Raise Income Tax to Fix Finances, Le Maire Says

April 8, 2021, 2:26 PM

France, which already has one of the highest tax loads in the developed world, won’t be using a personal income tax increase to solve its pandemic-related economic and political problems, Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said Thursday.

Commenting at the launch of the country’s 2021 personal income tax declaration season, Le Maire said previous governments had raised taxes to address such issues. But he said French workers were fed up with paying taxes they judge “excessive” compared with the services they get in return.

“I want to be clear,” he said, “a tax hike cannot be a solution for France....

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