The French government is planning to impose a temporary tax on people earning over 1m euros. They will see their income tax rise to 75%. A new 45% band will be levied on incomes of more than 150,000 euros.
Some French business leaders have criticised the plan but Bernard Cazeneuve, the French minister delegate for European Affairs told HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur it was impossible to overcome the crisis by calling on the poor to pay more.
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