Not exactly news to American tourist
The annual report from the language training company Education First
has once again ranked France’s workforce as one of the least capable in
Europe in terms of speaking English. France was awarded a score of
52.69 which places it behind other influential European nations such as
Germany, who scored 60.88 (10th), and Spain, who ranked 20th with a
score of 57.18.
And well behind the Scandinavian countries (Denmark being #1). Though Riviera Times
has another story that leads us to believe than some French are adopting an attitude Tea Party, toward taxation
“The principle is simple, the tax goes into the funds of the
community; if they do not want the tax then a simple vote will be
sufficient to ensure that it is not applicable in that area,” said the
finance minister [Michael Sapin], adding, “the State is not forcing this upon anyone.”
Because, what's in a law, anyway.
The bill was included in amendments to the supplementary budget for
2014. Communities have the option to enforce the tax increase of 20%
upon owners of furnished accomodation which is not their principal
residence. The aim is to encourage the huge numbers of predominantly
empty second homes to be "freed up" for others, in areas of housing
The taxe d’habitation increase concerns 105 agglomerations,
which comprises 1,150 towns including Ajaccio, Bastia, Menton,
Draguignan, Fréjus and Toulon - if the respective authorities don't
Someday they may even be left free to decide whether or not to tax themselves. Comme le monde anglophone.
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