Companies profit while politicians dodge
As Xavier points out in the interview, in September 2009 the French President announced that "les paradis fiscaux: c'est fini." Essentially he was referring to banking secrecy laws, but the bigger issues remain off-agenda.
Despite years of campaign and advocacy work by trade unions and NGOs, Budget Minister Eric Woerth continues to turn a blind-eye to the problem of corporate profits-shifting, dismissing this issue with an abrupt "c'est ne pas la problème." Au contraire, Monsieur Woerth, this is a huge problem, as our colleagues at GFI have amply demonstrated.
You can watch Xavier Harel discuss these issues in a series of mini-clips here.
For those who want to sharpen up their French, here's a taster of what Xavier discusses: