Will there be an exceptional “COVID” tax affecting large companies that have been able to do well during the health crisis? Alexandre Bompard, CEO of Carrefour, is against it.
Olivier Faure, the first secretary of the Socialist Party, said in The world that he wanted the establishment of an exceptional tax which would affect these “winning” companies from the health crisis. A debate which begins to rage on the left: ” Taxation of the beneficiaries of the crisis, such as GAFAs and supermarkets, is needed He explained. Among these beneficiaries, there is the mass distribution sector, and in particular Carrefour which recorded a turnover of 78.6 billion euros, up 7.8% compared to 2019: unheard of in twenty years. The banner managed to generate current operating income of 2.1 billion euros (+ 16.4%). Alexandre Bompard, CEO of Carrefour, admits that his group has been able to do well.
Carrefour’s good health
Nevertheless, he assures us that this exceptional tax would be a bad idea. ” The daily mobilization of teams over the past year is exceptional », He indicated at RMC / BFM TV. ” If we make these people pay for being over-immobilized during the period, it bothers me a bit “. He also recalls that Carrefour paid 1.7 billion euros in taxes: “ let’s already analyze everything we pay and you will see that it is extraordinarily impressive “. On the other hand, he calls for tax fairness: “ we already pay more tax than in all the countries where we are and then because this notion of tax fairness which is the very heart of the tax rule is not at all ensured in our profession “.
Tax fairness with Amazon
In the sights of the leader of Carrefour: the Amazon group. According to him, the American e-commerce giant would not pay enough taxes in France. Parliamentarians should pay more attention to ” tax fairness, rather than targeting large French groups », He asserts. And to hammer: ” For equal activity and equal result, does Carrefour pay as much as Amazon? No, Carrefour pays a lot more “.