On super-profits, Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux ulcerates the left

On super-profits, Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux ulcerates the left
For Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, it would be
France Inter For Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, it would be “absurd” to tax companies that have made super-profits.

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For Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, it would be “absurd” to tax companies that have made super-profits.

POLITICS – “Who is the biggest super-profiteer? » For Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, the answer lies in one word: the State. This Monday, August 29, the boss of the Medef strongly opposed the taxation of companies that make super-profits, even though the Prime Minister is not there ” close the door “although she advocates another method.

“Who is the biggest super-profiteer, dare I, who makes the biggest super-profits? It’s the state”declared on France Inter the president of Medef, a few hours before the opening of the Summer University of the employers’ organization. “Tax revenues for the 1st half of 2022 increased by 27 billion euros thanks to the super-profits of companies. So this is good news for these companies, for their employees but also for the French people and for the State and for the debt.he says.

“It’s good news for the French to have companies that make profits because it generates taxes, tax revenues and we need to increase teachers, we need to increase the defense budget. », details Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux who judges additional taxation ” absurd “. “We are not going to vary the tax rate depending on whether things are going well. At that time, when they have super-losses, what do we do? Do we give them the money back? It does not make sense “, he believes.

What to jump Cyrielle Chatelain, co-president of the environmental group in the National Assembly. “In August 2021 the State supported companies to the tune of 80 billion euros in the face of Covidrecalls the elected official of Isère. We must force large companies to get out of a logic where we pool the risks and privatize the gains. To do this, super profits must be taxed. »

The taxation of super-profits – companies that have made larger profits than usual thanks to dramatic situations, such as the health crisis and the war in Ukraine – has been demanded by part of the political class for several months. During the debates on the law for purchasing power, an amendment had even been tabled by Renaissance deputies, before being finally withdrawn. But the left opposition, as well as the National Rally have not given up: after a first failure before the National Assembly in July, Olivier Faure, first secretary of the PS, and Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of La France Insoumise, are now pleading for a shared initiative referendum.

In this context, the words of Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux provoked the annoyance of supporters of a special tax. With one voice, Fabien Roussel (PCF) and Manuel Bompard (LFI) stressed the record rate dividends paid to shareholders in the second quarter of 2022 for the year 2021. “For whom is the end of abundance Mr. Geoffroy Roux De Bézieux? »tackles the former communist presidential candidate, in reference to recent remarks by Emmanuel Macron.

Benjamin Lucas, deputy EELV accuses the number 1 of the Medef of “class separatism” and calls on Elisabeth Borne to cancel her participation in the Summer Universities scheduled for this Monday at the start of the afternoon. It will not be: the Prime Minister took advantage of this passage among business leaders to respond to Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux: “No, Mr. President (of Medef, editor’s note), there is no excess profit on the side of the State”.

Reassuring for the bosses, Elisabeth Borne confirmed that she did not want “radically change my position by imposing taxes on all businesses”. “We do not give in to the sirens of populism”, she promised in front of the Medef, to some applause. This does not preclude a warning: “I repeat, no one would understand that companies generate exceptional profits even though the French may be worried about their purchasing power”, she already warned in The Parisian.

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