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ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: TVA sur les produits d’hygiène féminine: des culottes envoyées au gouvernement


VAT on feminine hygiene products: knickers sent to the government

Translated Sunday 8 November 2015, by Carly Coulter

More than 100 red-stained knickers [1] were sent specifically to French president François Hollande and to Prime Minister Manuel Valls in protest against the French National Assembly’s decision to maintain the 20% VAT on sanitary protection.

Knickers were also sent “to the minister of health, Marisol Touraine; the Minister of State for Women’s Rights, Pascale Boistard; the Minister of State for the Budget, Christian Eckert, as well as a number of MPs” announced the “Knicker Gate” collective, the origin of this initiative, supported by the French feminist, lesbian, bi and trans association “FièrEs”. In mid-October, the National Assembly rejected the Socialist MPs request to apply a 5.5% VAT tax on feminine hygiene protection products, as asked for in particular by the Georgette Sand collective. Pascale Boistard, for her part, stated 16 October that she is going to “take [the subject] seriously” and “support” feminist associations’ demands. A letter accompanying the items sent by “Knicker Gate” also invited those who wish to protest against the Assembly’s decision to, in turn, address their knickers “stained red with paint to their MP”.


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