The cost of a long lunch in a French bistro should become
significantly cheaper after Paris won a seven-year battle with the
European Union to allow it to slash the value-added tax on meals.
how to pay the unpalatable €3.25bn ($4.2bn) bill taxpayers are being
stuck with is prompting a debate over just what price to extract from
the French restaurant industry.
France savoured victory last week
when it finally won German approval for President Nicolas Sarkozy's
plan to cut VAT on restaurant meals from 19.6 per cent to the EU
minimum of 5.5 per cent.
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