French 2013 budget taxes richest, cuts spending

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French PM Jean-Marc Ayrault announces "a combat budget" of tax increases and spending cuts for 2013, with new tax levies on high earners.

French tycoons clash over rich tax and rude headline

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Baron Rothschild, owner of French daily Libération, defends crude headline attacking LVMH boss Bernard Arnault for seeking Belgian nationality.

Baccy tax hike leaves French smokers, not companies, coughing up more


Earlier this month French budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac announced government plans to increase taxes on sales of cheaper cigarettes, a seemingly laudable move destined to both increase the income of a cash-strapped public purse and to dissuade people from smoking. But a number of health experts believe that the project will in reality have the perverse effect of benefitting the tobacco industry while penalizing mostly those smokers among lowest income groups. "It is scandalous," says Catherine Hill, an epidemiologist with a leading European cancer research and treatment centre, the Institut Gustave Roussy. "This isn’t a public health measure. It is a measure for enriching Philip Morris." Michaël Hajdenberg reports.

Cameron ignites new war of words with France

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UK PM David Cameron slams French President François Hollande's plans to raise taxes on the wealthy while meeting business leaders at G-20 summit.