French Proposals to Cut Employer Social Charges Remain Unpopular

Proposals to lower social charges paid by employers remain unpopular with the French, according to a survey this month.

Twenty-nine percent of French people surveyed support raising the social-security tax to offset a lower contribution by companies, according to a poll by Ifop for Sud Ouest newspaper.

The level of opposition is similar to former President Nicolas Sarkozy’s plan to raise the value-added sales tax to pay for lower social charges for employers, the pollster said. Almost a third of respondents supported the measure when asked in January.

Ifop questioned 1,004 people by telephone on Oct. 4 and 5. The pollster estimated a 1.8 percent margin of error.

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