French Senate votes against ‘super tax’ plan

27 Nov 2013

French President Francois Hollande has suffered a blow in his bid to introduce a controversial ‘super tax’ into the domestic game after the French Senate voted to reject the proposal.

Earlier this month, France’s Union of Professional Football Clubs (UCPF) called off planned strike action in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 from November 29 to December 2 in favour of further talks over the super tax. Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 clubs called for the first strike action in French football since 1972 as the long-running dispute over the super tax came to a head last month. A meeting of the UCPF saw clubs address the issue and draw up a campaign entitled ‘Football in Danger – all together’.

The government of President Hollande has long sought to introduce a 75% upper income tax rate that will apply to anyone earning in excess of Eur1 million per year. The new tax is seen as a means to aid the ailing French economy, but clubs and the French Football League (LFP), which had given its full backing to the strike action, have repeatedly expressed their concern over its impact. However, while France’s upper House of Parliament has voted against the measure its lower house, the National Assembly, is yet to determine its stance.

Nevertheless, Senate vice-president Jean-Claude Carle has welcomed the first decision, stating that the rejection is “good news for the companies and professional football clubs”.