This is a record which will surprise not the “yellow vests” who are protesting against the heaviness of the taxes. For the third consecutive year, France has the highest level of taxation in the year 2017, according to data published by Eurostat on Wednesday. Last year, the tax revenues (taxes and contributions) were weighed 48.4 per cent of GDP in france, compared to 47.3 per cent in Belgium and 46.5 % in Denmark, the two other countries on the podium.

First on the list for 2015, France has seen the tax wedge increase of 0.7 percentage point in 2017. She distance, and a few more still Belgium and appears fifth in the ranking of countries that most increased the tax last year, behind Cyprus, Luxembourg, Slovakia and Malta. Many countries that have, despite this increase, a tax is very light.

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Taxes, taxes and social security contributions have increased in the fifteen countries of the european Union

More generally, taxes and social security contributions have increased in fifteen countries out of 28 in the european Union (EU). They declined, however, in thirteen States, including Hungary, Romania and Estonia.

The average of the EU amounted to 40.2 % of GDP in 2017, up 0.3 % compared to 2016. Ireland remains the country with the tax would be the most advantageous, with a rate of compulsory deduction of 23.5 %. An exceptionally low within the Old Continent, more than two times lower than that of France.

In detail, the France owes its first place to the importance of social contributions (18.8 percent of GDP, compared to 13.3 % on average in the EU). As regards taxes imposed on the income of households and their heritage, they weigh less heavily in France than on average in the EU.

according To the government – which does not apply the same methodology as Eurostat, the level of compulsory levies is expected to slightly decline this year and next year, 45.3% in 2017 to 45 % in 2018, and then to 44.2% in 2019. The goal of Emmanuel Macron is the lower of a point on the five-year term.