French farmers to protest overtaxing policies

Farmers will demand the resignation of the minister of agriculture Stephane Le Foll

French farmers to protest overtaxing policies

French farmers are ready to march through the capital Paris on Thursday to protest the government's overtaxing policies as well as to demand the resignation of the minister of agriculture Stephane Le Foll.

Farmers from all across the country will came together in Paris in a protest against the new tax, which is set to come into force on January 1st as part of the 2014 budget.

With their tractors and lorries, they will block the roads.

In August, a group of French farmers also held protests against falling egg prices. In October, hundreds of protesters clashed with police in the western Brittany region protesting against the planned “ecotax” on heavy goods vehicles. The socialist government, thus, announced the suspension of a planned environmental tax on trucks after the protests.

The protests are seen as the expression of growing frustration nation-wide with the escalating tax burden in many sectors.

It is claimed that President Francois Hollande's government, struggling to bring down the public deficit, wants to balance the French deficit by taxing policies.

France, the euro area’s second largest economy after Germany, faces pressure from EU that sees France is missing its extended deadline to meet the EU’s deficit target, 3 percent of GDP.

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Last Mod: 19 Kasım 2013, 13:52
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