Send a French job away, you must pay: Royal

13th October 2006, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, Oct 13, 2006 (AFP) - France should tax businesses that move jobs outside of the country, and then tax their products when they are imported back into the country, French presidential election frontrunner Ségolène Royal said in an interview published in The Times on Friday.

LONDON, Oct 13, 2006 (AFP) - France should tax businesses that move jobs outside of the country, and then tax their products when they are imported back into the country, French presidential election frontrunner Ségolène Royal said in an interview published in The Times on Friday.

Speaking from the town of Poitiers, western France, in the Poitou-Charentes regional council where she is the socialist head, Royal told the newspaper: "We have to prevent this wildcat outsourcing."

"The workers have no power. We need to tax businesses who want to move out jobs and tax their products when they re-import them," she said.

"The capitalists have to be frightened ... There is no alternative. They can't just dispose of people as they wish. They have to be held accountable."

Royal, 53, is favourite to win the Socialist Party nomination for the presidency in a vote of party members next month.

But she trails right-wing candidate Nicolas Sarkozy by 38 percent to 29.5 percent for the first — multi-candidate — round of the election due in April, according to a Sofres survey for Le Figaro newspaper.

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