Bonnets Rouges Fight Against Unpopular Eco-tax

A movement calling itself the bonnets rouges (red caps) has emerged in France in the last month, in response to the impending establishment of the eco-tax. The group’s name refers to a very well known a revolt in Brittany – and symbol of the fight against taxes and for social equality – during the reign […]

The Eco-tax: What is it and why is it so unpopular?

In recent weeks, violent protests over the impending eco-tax have taken place throughout France. Riot police clashed with protestors, some even firing teargas in an effort to control the crowd. What is this tax and why is it causing such a large outcry from the French population? On October 21, 2008, an important piece of […]

EU Commission Warns France over Public Debt Levels

On Wednesday, April 10, the European Commission singled out France, issuing harsh warnings over serious public sector debt levels that could possibly weaken the entire Eurozone. A Commission report stated that high and increasing public debt is “reducing the capacity of public finances to face potential adverse shocks,” which could negatively affect the entire Union’s […]