NOW, THE NEW SOCIALIST GOVERNMENT OF FRANCE IS ABOUT TO DESTROY THE FRENCH REAL ESTATE MARKET AND THE BANKS ALONG WITH THEM - BY RAISING REAL ESTATE TAXES:
Approximately 200,000 Britons own second homes in areas such as the Dordogne and other parts of France, particularly those serviced by budget airlines.
Now, however, holiday home owners find themselves in the sights of President François Hollande as he seeks to tax the better-off to reduce France's large budget deficit.
On Wednesday (July 4th), the French government announced it was to increase taxes on foreign-owned second homes. Tax on rental income would rise from 20 per cent to 35.5 per cent, and capital gains tax on property sales would rise from 19 per cent to 34.5 per cent. The extra in each case is being labelled a "social charge".FAMOUSLY DESCRIBED IN THE GREAT MEMOIR, A YEAR IN PROVENCE.
THERE WILL BE A STAMPEDE FOR THE EXITS - FIRST IN 2ND HOMES AND THEN PRIMARY RESIDENCES AS THE HOUSE OF CARDS COLLAPSES.
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