Keyword: income

Are France’s working poor being left behind?

France ranks among the countries that most generously redistribute resources from rich to poor, and yet great disparities in wealth persist.

Study shows 'unprecedented' rise in poverty in France

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In its latest study on household income and capital, France's statistical agency INSEE notes that the median standard of living in France fell by 1.1% between 2008 and 2013, a drop not seen since records began in 1996. For the 10% worst-off families the fall was even greater, with their income falling by 3.5%. The agency writes of an “unprecedented worsening of poverty in France”. Laurent Mauduit reports.

No happy end in sight for French authors

A graph indicating the rise and fall of authors' average income. © Mediapart A graph indicating the rise and fall of authors' average income. © Mediapart

The yearly Paris book fair opens its doors to the public on Thursday afternoon, a popular event that was last year marked by an unprecedented demonstration by hundreds of authors protesting at their generally poor and diminishing incomes. Nicolas Chevassus-au-Louis reports on a profession which, with the multiplication of titles published and the advent of digital publishing, sees anything but a happy end ahead, and reveals data which shows that, women authors earn on average significantly less than their male counterparts.

Discreet end to France's 75pct super-rich income tax

The temporary super-tax of 75 per cent on earnings above 1 million euros introduced by the socialist government is due to end this month.

French Constitutional Council quashes 75% top-earner tax

Ruling means socialist government must re-think the terms of its new 75% top income tax rate, currently applicable to individuals rather than households.