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France’s Conseil Constitutionnel sides with Gérard Depardieu:

France’s constitutional council has struck down a top income tax rate of 75% introduced by Socialist President Francois Hollande…

In its ruling on Saturday, the Constitutional Council said the new tax rate “failed to recognise equality before public burdens” because, unlike other forms of income tax, it was to be applied to individuals rather than households.

“Equality before public burdens”: what a beautiful concept. No chance of it catching on over here, alas. And there’s more:

The constitutional court lowered a series of other tax increases, calling them excessive or saying they also violated equality of treatment for taxpayers.

“Equality of treatment for taxpayers”: there’s another beautiful concept. Maybe John Roberts can arrange a judicial work-exchange program.

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.


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