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French press review 10 October 2013

Tax, businesses and burlaries today in the French press ....


The right wing daily Le Figaro reports on how French company bosses are becoming seriously irritated by the constant changes in tax laws in France, which they claim prevent them from hiring staff and developing.

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The daily talks to ten entrepreneurs and business owners who explain just how fed up they are by the increase of corporate taxes in France.

One of the them says new taxes appear almost on a daily basis and businesses just can’t keep up.

Even a company on the rise will hesitate before making any investment, he says, because they don’t know what new tax tomorrow may bring.

Days after the announcement of a new reform that will, according to calculations reported by Le Figaro, temporarily increase the corporate tax rate to 38 per cent for two years, two thousand angry company owners met in Lyon yesterday.

They loudly criticized the French government for its taxation policies and for making France the European country with the highest corporate tax rate. And all of this just a few months before the beginning of new talks about taxation, promised by president François Hollande.

Left-wing Libération also headlines with the taxation overload but, while Le Figaro gives the floor to company bosses,Libé interviews Bernard Cazeneuve, the current Budget Minister. He attempts to put the record straight by explaining what taxes companies really pay, and reminds the paper's readers that company owners have benefited from deductions for years.

The minister also says that the government is actually particularly “business friendly”.

Bernard Cazeneuve adds that he will not stand for non-constructive and aggressive arguments from company owners who are not expressing their economic concerns but, rather, their political views.

The popular daily Aujourd’hui en France sheds light on a sensitive topic that’s frequently made the headlines in recent years, the surveillance of the French drug market and tests to make sure drugs are safe.

The paper says the recent so-called Mediator scandal (a reference to a drug sold from 1976 to 2009 which is thought to have led to between 500 and 2,000 deaths) proves the drug control and surveillance system in France is still far from being perfect.

It warns than a law suit launched against the manufacturer of a new anti-coagulant drug called Pradaxa, over a possible link to four unexplained deaths, could be a new Mediator scandal.

Finally, Catholic La Croix looks at disturbing figures which show a 69 per cent increase in the number of burglaries in rural France over the past five years.

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The paper looks at how local and national police are looking into new ways of prevention.

The Interior Minister Manuel Valls recently published a national plan to try to find new ways to stem criminality.

This as, the paper reports, three major scientific studies are to be launched to try to understand better the behaviour and motives of burglars.

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