France to match tax cuts with spending cuts: finance minister

April 26, 2019

PARIS (Reuters) – French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Friday that further cuts to income tax would be matched euro-for-euro by cuts in public spending.

In his response to months of anti-government protests, President Emmanuel Macron said late on Thursday that he would cut income tax further by 5 billion euros ($5.6 billion).

“The president has set a principle of which I am the guarantor: each euro of decrease in income tax must be financed by a decrease of one euro in public spending,” Le Maire told LCI television.

Le Maire said the tax cut would benefit 15 million households and target the middle classes in particular. He also said the public deficit and debt would not be allowed to spiral out of control.

(Reporting by Leigh Thomas; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)

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