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French Premier Says He Runs Europe’s Most Left-Wing Policy: JDD

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault
Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault gestures during the opening session of the Mouvement des Enterprises de France conference at Campus HEC in Jouy-en-Josas, France. Photographer: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg

Dec. 23 (Bloomberg) -- French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said President Francois Hollande’s socialist government is implementing Europe’s most leftist agenda, Journal du Dimanche quoted him as saying today.

’’We run Europe’s most left-wing policies,’’ JDD cited Ayrault as saying. “It’s true. We must accept it. I am not a social-liberal.” The newspaper did not say which policies Ayrault was referring to.

The Prime Minister, one of the least popular in France’s modern history, told JDD he will revamp his communications strategy next year to explain how he wants to create a “new French model.”

The government, composed of Socialist and Green party members, has increased school staff to bolster education and implemented a 75 percent tax on millionaires as well as pledged to protect France’s welfare system. In his 2013 budget law, Ayrault plans to add 10 billion euros ($13.2 billions) worth of taxes on private people and as much for companies.

To contact the reporter on this story: 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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