The employers’ representatives received Monday at the Elysee Palace alongside union leaders and local government officials called on President Emmanuel Macron, who is due to speak Monday evening, to “lower the tax burden”.
There is a “need to lower the tax burden,” said Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, president of Medef, at the end of the meeting.
“We ask that the government stand firm to avoid keeping the first place (in the ranking) of compulsory deductions,” added François Asselin, president of the Confederation of small and medium-sized enterprises.
According to a report published on Wednesday by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, in 2017 France became the OECD country where the weight of tax levies is the highest (46.2% of GDP).
No concrete announcements
Monday morning on RTL, the Minister of the Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire also said he was in favor of an “acceleration” of tax cuts in France.
Asked by AFP after the meeting at the Élysée, the president of the U2P (Union of local businesses) Alain Griset spoke in favor of tax exemption and the desocialization of overtime.
He also assured that Emmanuel Macron was “personally touched” by the anger expressed by the yellow vests.
However, he confirmed that the president had “strictly not (made) any concrete” announcements during the meeting, referring them to the speech that Mr. Macron is due to give on Monday evening.