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French election frontrunner Emmanuel Macron takes aim at Ireland's corporate tax rate

Macron made specific reference to the Apple Tax farrago as part of a critique of inequal corporate tax regimes across the EU.

France Election Emmanuel Macron Source: Christophe Ena

FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL Emmanuel Macron has had a swipe at Ireland’s corporate tax rate of 12.5%, saying the gaps in tax systems in the EU need to close.

At a news conference in Toulouse, Macron referenced last year’s Apple Tax farrago (which saw the tech giant fined €13 billion in Irish back taxes) saying the European Commission had made “a very important decision a few months ago regarding state aid and precisely the current organisation of Ireland”.

In answer to a question from RTÉ News, Macron said that “as for Ireland, we do know today that there is a bias for a lot of corporates, that’s a bias for a lot of sectors and especially the digital sector”.

I do believe that what we have to do in the coming years is to reduce the different gaps in social and tax considerations between member states.

Macron stands in a very strong position in the polls in front of far-right rival Marine Le Pen ahead of this weekend’s French vote.

A spiky TV debate encounter between the two last night saw Macron denounce his rival, saying a vote for her would lead to French “civil war”.

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