On April 3, in full confinement, Pascal Obispo, Marc Lavoine and Florent Pagny unveiled a new song, “Pour les gens du secours”. A project “carried by the association Le Collectif which works for hospitalized children”, which transfers “all of the rights and funds generated by this piece as well as all of the copyrights to the Fédération Hospitalière de France and to the French Hospitals Foundation “.
As altruistic as it is, the project has drawn criticism. Internet users have in particular accused Florent Pagny of false generosity, accusing him of paying his taxes in Portugal, where he lives, and not in France, and therefore of not participating in the financing of the public hospital.
“I have always paid my taxes in France”
Wednesday, the singer responded to criticism on francetvinfo.
“Any performance and service on French territory is subject to French tax at the French rate payable in France. And I have no luck, I am what is called a Franco-French artist, I do not I don’t export much, I don’t go further than Belgium and Switzerland. So, at some point, 80% of what I can earn is in France. And so I have always paid my taxes in France ” , explains Florent Pagny.
“It kind of knots me because it’s totally unfair. Each time I have to make this explanation, this tax lesson,” annoyed the singer, calling the critics “embittered in life” .
As for his departure to live in Portugal, he justifies it by the “injustice” felt after being brought to justice by the French state a few years ago.