French Plans to Cut Employer Social Charges Remain Unpopular

Oct. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Proposals to lower social charges paid by employers remain unpopular with the French, a poll shows.

Seventy percent of French people questioned oppose raising the social-security tax to offset a lower contribution by companies, while 29 percent are in favor of it, according to a poll by Ifop for Sud Ouest newspaper.

The level of opposition is similar to the reaction that followed former President Nicolas Sarkozy’s plan to raise the value-added sales tax to pay for lower social charges for employers, the pollster said. Sixty-seven percent were against it, compared with almost a third in support of 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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