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France: Paris lawyers march against legal aid tax01:28

France: Paris lawyers march against legal aid tax

France, Paris
July 7, 2014 at 06:05 GMT +00:00 · Published

Lawyers in France went on strike Monday against a proposed 0.2 percent tax on lawyers' income to fund the legal aid budget. Hundreds were seen marching through the streets of Paris, Monday. The government explained the tax as a form of 'internal solidarity' whereby lawyers who don't take legal aid cases can subsidise those who do. However, lawyers say that alternative funding for legal aid can easily be drawn from patent and trademark fees, taxes on insurance contacts or legal fees incurred in verifying company accounts.

This latest industrial action is the third in a series of lawyers' strikes in recent weeks. On June 27 lawyers announced they had successfully negotiated a 10 percent increase in the legal aid budget for 2015.

France: Paris lawyers march against legal aid tax01:28
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Lawyers in France went on strike Monday against a proposed 0.2 percent tax on lawyers' income to fund the legal aid budget. Hundreds were seen marching through the streets of Paris, Monday. The government explained the tax as a form of 'internal solidarity' whereby lawyers who don't take legal aid cases can subsidise those who do. However, lawyers say that alternative funding for legal aid can easily be drawn from patent and trademark fees, taxes on insurance contacts or legal fees incurred in verifying company accounts.

This latest industrial action is the third in a series of lawyers' strikes in recent weeks. On June 27 lawyers announced they had successfully negotiated a 10 percent increase in the legal aid budget for 2015.

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