PARIS (Reuters) – France plans to scrap 1 billion euros (890.15 million pounds) of tax breaks for companies to help fund a pledged 5-billion-euro reduction in personal income taxes, Budget Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Sunday.
The government will finance the remaining 4 billion euros through lower spending, Darmanin said during an interview for the Grand Jury show with reporters from LCI television, RTL radio and Le Figaro newspaper.
Darmanin said 95% of taxpayers would see a reduction in their income taxes from January.
In his response to months of anti-government protests, French President Emmanuel Macron said in late April he would cut income tax by a further 5 billion euros.
The planned reduction came on top of a 10 billion-euro package of concessions to protesters in December aimed at boosting the income of the poorest workers and pensioners.
(Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Mark Potter)