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Laurent Berger calls for a tax on the ultra-rich to finance a plan for youth

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The secretary general of the CFDT Laurent Berger at the Elysée, June 24, 2020. – Jacques Witt / Sipa

To finance “a vast plan of mobilization with regard to youth”, the secretary general of the CFDT Laurent Berger asked, Tuesday on LCI, the establishment of an exceptional tax on the ultra-rich.

“What will happen to the youth is a need to catch up. I think that we do not yet fully measure the discomfort of youth, ”said Laurent Berger.

Over 400% increase for the ultra-rich in France

“That we have for two years an exceptional plan which provides for a tax on the ultra-rich, I find that it is not at all shocking,” he said. This would make it possible to finance projects for social integration or even access to culture for young people, said the secretary general of the CFDT. “We know that between 2009 and 2020, there was over 400% increase (in income) for the ultra-rich in France,” insisted Laurent Berger. He cited the example of the restoration of Notre-Dame, for which billionaires have donated millions of euros.

“It was great to want to save our heritage and our history. There, it is about our future and our values, solidarity, equality ”, detailed Laurent Berger. “We must call for solidarity in this period,” he said, recalling that if some “have paid a very, very heavy price” because of the crisis, “the rich got richer”. “It is not absurd to ask them to contribute a little with regard to young people,” concluded Laurent Berger.

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