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France: Paris burns as 4,000 independent workers call for RSI reform02:00

France: Paris burns as 4,000 independent workers call for RSI reform

France, Paris
September 21, 2015 at 10:15 GMT +00:00 · Published

More than 4,000 independent workers took to the streets of Paris, Monday, to demand reform of the Social Independent Fund (RSI).

Minor scuffles broke out between protesters and police during the protest and police used tear gas to disperse the crowds. The protesting workers lit fires in the streets, threw smoke flares at police and held signs condemning the RSI.

Independent workers in France have held several protests against the RSI in 2015. In April hundreds of independent workers gathered outside the Social Independent Fund (RSI) headquarters in Saint-Denis to protest against the amount of taxes levied upon self-employed workers. In March around 50,000 independent workers took to the streets of the French capital, creating road-blocks and obstructing traffic.

The RSI is a tax exerted upon the self-employed, mainly artisans and professionals. Protesters claim that the tax, which was formed in 2006 through a merger of health insurance, maternity care and pensions, incorrectly counts pension contributions and taxes too highly.

France: Paris burns as 4,000 independent workers call for RSI reform02:00
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More than 4,000 independent workers took to the streets of Paris, Monday, to demand reform of the Social Independent Fund (RSI).

Minor scuffles broke out between protesters and police during the protest and police used tear gas to disperse the crowds. The protesting workers lit fires in the streets, threw smoke flares at police and held signs condemning the RSI.

Independent workers in France have held several protests against the RSI in 2015. In April hundreds of independent workers gathered outside the Social Independent Fund (RSI) headquarters in Saint-Denis to protest against the amount of taxes levied upon self-employed workers. In March around 50,000 independent workers took to the streets of the French capital, creating road-blocks and obstructing traffic.

The RSI is a tax exerted upon the self-employed, mainly artisans and professionals. Protesters claim that the tax, which was formed in 2006 through a merger of health insurance, maternity care and pensions, incorrectly counts pension contributions and taxes too highly.