With his support slowly declining as Socialist Segolene Royal continues to benefit from her strong primary win, Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy has come up with something new: lower taxes. France is currently mandated by the EU to impose a 19.6% sales tax on food and drink restaurants, much to the chagrin of customers and the industry. Last year PM Jacques Chirac failed to get EU support for a lower tax, but Sarkozy apparently wishes to try again.
For Sarkozy this is at least a small step in the right direction. Not only is this in line with his pro-capatalist positions, but it is a fail-safe way to get some attention and votes away from Royal. He will still have to present a full and concrete economic proposal before this moves from being one small step to one giant leap for the struggling French economy.
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