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Baroin Says France Is Working on Various Ways to Cut Labor Costs

Jan. 4 (Bloomberg) -- French Finance Minister Francois Baroin said the government hasn’t decided how to cut labor costs, contradicting other Cabinet members who said some salary taxes could be shifted to value-added taxes.

“The VAT raise is an option, but we cannot exclude others,” Baroin said on France Info radio in Paris today. “There is a French weakness and it’s labor costs. So we must imagine measures to lower them, that’s the political project. Raising the net income of workers, that’s the aim.”

President Nicolas Sarkozy is meeting with labor and business leaders on Jan. 18 to discuss ways of cutting the cost of labor by reducing the role of social charges on salaries in paying for France’s welfare state.

To contact the reporters on this story: Gregory Viscusi in Paris at gviscusi@bloomberg.net; Helene Fouquet in Paris at hfouquet1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net

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