The Council, made up of nine judges and three former presidents, is concerned the tax would hit a married couple where one partner earned above a million euros but it would not affect a couple where each earned just under a million euros.Why does that make it unfair? It seems as though the court is sticking up for the single-earner household — for traditional marriage. Why does fairness require that? I think this is what we here in the United States would call a policy decision, to be left to the legislature. (Yeah, a 75% tax rate is really high, but that's not the legal flaw this court found.)
December 29, 2012
"France's Constitutional Council on Saturday rejected a 75% upper income tax rate to be introduced in 2013..."
"... in a setback to Socialist President Francois Hollande's push to make the rich contribute more to cutting the public deficit."