Pour une révolution fiscal.
On December 1, 2013, a group called Front de Gauche demonstrated their desire for a fiscal revolution in France. There was a planned rise in the TVA tax (VAT to English speakers) to which which they are opposed. It became law January 1, 2014.
Instead, they want the French government to tax capital, which is used to create jobs. And the French need jobs with an unemployment rate north of 10%.
This hand held sign does a fine job of drawing one’s attention to their complaint. Bold letters are employed moving from a bit smaller all cap font at the top to larger at the bottom. A panoply of colors are in play including adding bright yellow to the black lettering reading “Fiscale.”
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Interestingly, according to the photographer, organizers estimated 100,000 demonstrators, the police (les flics in French slang), claimed 7,000 and the person who took this photo–and a series of other photos of this demonstration–estimated between 60,000 and 75,000 protesters. Neither side seems very honest in its reporting.
Who are the Front de Gauche? Gauche means left in English so we can only imagine…
According to Wikipedia, it is an electoral coalition created for the 2009 European elections by both the French Communist Party and the Left Party (formed from a left-wing minority faction which left the Socialist Party and the Unitarian Left which left the New Anticapitalist Party).
This alliance has also played a part in elections subsequent to the initial reason for its formation in 2009.
All this to say the Front de Gauche leans far to the left, hence gauche in their name.
We can’t resist a short riff on the American use of the term gauche. It means awkward, ungainly, unsophisticated. About sums it up in our view.