PARIS – Top executives from some of France's most successful companies including L'Oreal, Total and Danone are following the lead of U.S. billionaire investor Warren Buffett by offering to pay a one-time tax to help their government tackle its worsening debt load.
The 16 executives, including the heads of car maker Peugeot-Citroen and Air France-KLM, said in an open letter that "at a time when the public deficits and the prospect of worsening government debt are threatening the future of France and Europe" they consider it "necessary to contribute."
The letter was published on the web site of French weekly magazine Nouvel Observateur on Wednesday, ahead of the government's presentation of a list of new deficit-cutting measures.
Liliane Bettencourt, the L'Oreal heiress and Europe's richest woman, also signed the letter. Bettencourt once took a $41.5 million tax rebate thanks to an election campaign promise by President Nicolas Sarkozy to cap the taxes of the super-rich. He reversed that pledge in March.
The letter's authors — Total CEO Christophe de Margerie, Peugeot-Citroen CEO Philippe Varin, ex-Renault CEO Louis Schweitzer and others — say the "exceptional contribution" by France's richest taxpayers is their way of showing solidarity at a time when Sarkozy is demanding sacrifices from all French citizens.
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Maybe Buffet and Soros will follow their lead???