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The French Prime Minister says tax relief should have a priority in response to a national debate that focused on the yellow west protesters' complaints.

Edouard Philippe said "The debate clearly shows us the direction in which we should go: we have to lower taxes and lower them faster."

The "big debate" involved 1

0,000 meetings in French community halls and about two million online contribution.

France has the highest tax rate among developed countries.

Data from the OECD's economic think tank for 2017 shows France's peak with tax corresponding to 46.2% of national production (GDP), with Denmark second (46%) and Sweden third (44%).

But France also has the highest level of social spending, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Expenditure was 31.2% of GDP in France in 2018; Second, Belgium (28.9%) and third country were Finland (28.7%). The British figure was 20.6%.

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Tax relief has been a crucial demand for the yellow vest ("gilets jaunes") movement, which has taken to the streets of France every weekend since mid-November.

Initially, protests demanded lower fuel taxes, but the movement quickly turned into a general rejection of President Emmanuel Macron's economic policies.

Philippe said the three-month national debate had highlighted "huge frustration with taxes".
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"The big debate is here": Yellow Western protests have dominated French news for months

One of Mr Macron's least popular measures, early in his presidency, was to scrap a special treasure for the rich.

Yellow Western protests accuse Macron of protecting the Parisian elite, especially the affluent, while neglecting citizens' suffering in the provinces.

Philippe said another lesson from the debate was that "the balance must be restored between cities and regions". This will include improving transport links between urban and rural areas.

There was also public demand for more participatory democracy and more action to tackle climate change, he said.


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