Tuesday, December 10, 2013

French horse riders take tax protest on to streets of Paris

Theguardian.com - Full Article

François Hollande's plan to treble VAT on equestrian centres will 'send 80,000 horses to the abattoir', warns industry

Kim Willsher in Paris
theguardian.com, Sunday 24 November 2013

A French mood of mutiny that has rippled through Brittany and infected teachers, farmers and shopkeepers, skipped species on Sunday when horses took to the streets of Paris to complain about tax rises.

Thousands of disgruntled horse and pony riders rode through the French capital to complain about tax increases they say will put many of them out of business and send 80,000 animals to the abattoir.

The "cavaliers" blocked roads from the symbolic Paris squares, Place d'Italie, Place de la Bastille and Place de la Nation, in protest at government plans to almost treble VAT on equestrian centres...

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