Museums in France will not pay wealth tax Automatic translate
The French government abandoned the idea of taxing art collections of major national museums with a wealth tax. The decision was made under public pressure, and after the heads of the museums of the Louvre, Orsay, Versailles, the Center Pompidou and others sent a letter to the President of France, François Hollande, in which the introduction of taxation of objects of art was called destructive for the whole world of art.
“Such a step could result in France simply losing the unique historical collections that have been handed down from generation to generation,” the French newspaper Liberation quotes the letter. According to rumors, the message was signed not only by the directors of museums, but also by the mayors of several cities in France.
The left wing of the French parliament, headed by Christian Eckert, proposed to tax not only real estate and cash savings, but also art objects worth more than 50,000 euros. However, after excerpts from the letter of the heads of the leading museums of the country were published, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Airo hastened to declare in an interview with Radio Europe 1 that the government was against such innovations. Nevertheless, the ideas of the socialists found support in the lower house of the Parliament and in the Finance Committee, where they believed that such a move would help reduce the growing deficit of the state budget.
French Culture Minister Aurelia Filipetti also said the government would not support the idea of taxing art. In particular, the minister noted that France has a long tradition of state support for the field of art, thanks to which it was possible to preserve huge art collections.
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