Honk if you're tired of eating the TVA

29th November 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 28 (AFP) - Thousands of French restaurateurs drove through the centre of Paris Monday in a noisy and slow-moving convoy to protest a hefty sales tax imposed on sit-down customers in their eateries.

PARIS, Nov 28 (AFP) - Thousands of French restaurateurs drove through the centre of Paris Monday in a noisy and slow-moving convoy to protest a hefty sales tax imposed on sit-down customers in their eateries.

Around 6,000 restaurant owners, managers and cooks took part in the demonstration, honking horns and waving banners while dressed in white aprons and chef's hats. Their long file of cars crawled across the city to the Arc de Triomphe.

André Daguin, the head of the UMIH hospitality federation which organised the protest, said that if the government cut the sales tax -- known as a value-added tax or TVA in French -- from the current 19.6 percent to 5.5 percent, "it's 40,000 jobs we could create."

The sector has been demanding the reduction for several years, but has made little headway despite promises from president Jacques Chirac's conservative government.

The 5.5 percent rate sought corresponds with the TVA applied on take-out establishments such as McDonald's.

EU finance ministers are to tackle the issue on December 6 but if they do not decide to unanimously alter the sales tax regime across all 25 member states, no bloc-wide change can be made.

Copyright AFP

Subject: French news


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