The parody site BuzzBeed published an article suggesting that French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron intends to charge rent to real estate owners, a proposal that is not included in Macron’s economic program.
Although the article is a parody, a similar initiative is defended by the think tank France Strategy. The think tank deplores a situation where “taxation favors the status of the owner” and suggests that an ownership tax based on the rental value of housing could remedy such a situation.
The Commissioner General of France Strategy, Jean Pisani-Ferry, left the think tank last January to join Macron’s team. He will be coordinating Macron’s presidential program.
Macron unveiled his economic program last week in an interview with Les Echos. An ownership tax based on the fictitious value of a dwelling is not part of it.
The Buzzbeed parody site is known to be run by extreme right-wing activists.