France Becomes the World's Most Heavily Taxed Country – Wall Street Journal

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France became the most heavily taxed person in the country after President Emmanuel Macron backed off a fuel-tax increase that enraged much of the nation and sparked a grass-roots protest movement against his government.

The Dutch government's tax revenues were the equivalent of 46.2% of economic output, up from 45.5% in 2016 and 43.4% in 2000. The Danish government's tax OECD members between 2002 and 2016, fell to 46% of gross domestic product from 46.2% in the previous year and 46.9% in 2000.

The U.S. government's tax revenues also related to the size of the economy as a result of a one-off tax. But at 27.1% of GDP, only five countries had a lower tax take: Mexico, Turkey, Chile, South Korea and Ireland.

Protesters hold a French flag near a burning barricade during a Saturday protest against rising oil prices and living costs.

Protesters hold a French flag near a burning barricade during a Saturday protest against rising oil prices and living costs.

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Before Tuesday's climb down, Mr. Macron's government had planned to raise fuel taxes.

Economists say such consumption that reduce pollution and other harmful effects are for the government to raise revenue. In Rome on Saturday, leaving the city and shopping in Rome on Saturday, leaving the city's shopping center and shopping center. Protesters vandalized the Arc de Triomphe, rattling Mr. Macron's administration and the country.

The rise in French tax revenues was in line with a longstanding trend across wealthy countries. 34.3% of GDP in 2017 from 34% in 2016 and 33.8% in 2000 as well as the reduction in the debt crisis.

Of the 34 countries for which figures are available, 19 saw a rise in tax revenues related to the size of their economy, with Israel reporting the largest increase. Mexico continued to record the lowest tax take at 16.2% of GDP, down from 16.6% in 2016.

Write to Paul Hannon at paul.hannon@wsj.com

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