Today we had the pleasure of meeting up again with my friend Clemence. We were going to be given a tour of the caves where she and her boyfriend have started a unique company called Wine Sitting and then have lunch together. Well, it was fascinating. The caves are ancient, beautiful, and enormous. And there are cave networks everywhere and they’re three deep! And now ones are discovered all the time. There are restaurants in some of the caves, others are for wine storage. It really was amazing.
We then were taken to a riverboat on the Seine where where we enjoyed a delicious lunch and great conversation about taxes in France. It would take forever to type out the little bit that we covered, but I will just say it’s dismal. The things that stood out the most:
-Employers pay a 100% employment tax – meaning if you bring home €1000 a month, your employer is also paying €1000 to the government. And then you’re taxed between 24-50% of what you bring home!
-25% of the French population is employed by the government. To give you a feeling of what that means, France basically has a economy the size of California’s. Take California and employ a quarter of the people by the government and you have a very simplistic idea of what France’s economy looks like.
And yet I’m still thinking I could live here. What’s wrong with me?