With the rise within the public deficit, the left hopes for an finish to the taboo of tax will increase | EUROtoday

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Fabien Roussel, the national secretary of the French Communist Party and deputy from the North, at the National Assembly, March 19, 2024.

“It’s extremely serious, unheard of outside of periods of crisis”, thunders the socialist senator from Haute-Garonne Claude Raynal, in regards to the slippage of the general public deficit to five.5% in 2023, towards a backdrop of slowing development and a drop in tax income. For the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, France is now in a “budget impasse”. Impasse which, he hopes, ought to lead the federal government to acknowledge errors and at last elevate the query of tax income.

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On the left, everybody watched attentively as a debate emerged on the advisability of taxing superprofits throughout the majority itself. During a gathering on Tuesday March 26, the socialist deputy for Puy-de-Dôme Christine Pirès Beaune congratulated Yaël Braun-Pivet for her place for the top of the “taboo” tax will increase. On BFM-TV, the President of the National Assembly referred to as on Monday for “look at all the options and consider exceptional recipes”. For meme Pirès Beaune, “the government will have to pull out all the stops, if, including in their own majority, there are more and more of them demanding this, they are not safe from a motion of censure in the event of a draft law of corrective finances, unless governing by decree and ordinance”.

On the facet of La France insoumise (LFI), the identical optimism prevails. The LFI president of the National Assembly's finance committee, Eric Coquerel, guarantees to get nearer to this left wing which is speaking about briefly taxing superprofits: “There is a majority in the Assembly to allow such measures to be passed… no offense to Bruno Le Maire [le ministre de l’économie] », he said on Tuesday during a press conference. In the same sentence, the member for Seine-Saint-Denis recognized that reducing deficits “is not the emergency for us”. But the state of public funds and the risk, floating for the second, of draining social spending present the left with a possibility to shoot its arrows.

“Tax gifts”

Some use their punchline, like Fabien Roussel, the nationwide secretary of the French Communist Party, who denounced, on Monday, a authorities of“white collar scammers”, on TF1. Or Marine Tondelier, quantity one of many Greens, on Franceinfo, for whom, “if we taxed superprofits, we could leave the French alone and protect the environment”. On his weblog, Jean-Luc Mélenchon replays a duel that dates again to 2022 with Bruno Le Maire, or moderately “Bruno Pinocchio”, as he calls it. The chief of LFI accuses the latter of wanting to extend VAT, ” there [taxe] most disgusting of all”in accordance with him, “that which the poor pay at the same level as the rich”commenting on an extract from the minister's newest e book, The French Way (Flammarion, 160 pages, 15 euros).

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