Friday, January 2, 2015

Legion of Honor: Piketty criticizes the action “catastrophic” this … – Le Parisien

02 Jan 2015, 7:04 p.m. |. Update: 02 Jan 2015, 7:37 p.m.

. Thomas Piketty assures: whether with this government he criticizes or another, he would have refused the same way to receive the Legion of Honour. The French economist agreed to clarify the World motivations.

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“I have always found this story Legion of honor was completely outdated. This way of deciding which is the small group of honorable citizens whose signal merits should be recognized, it is a conception of the role of the state, the government, which seems totally outdated, “said the author of the best -seller “Capital in the Twenty-First Century.”

On Thursday, he told AFP that “not thought to be the role of government to decide who is honorable.” “It’s a shame they have not contacted me before, it would have avoided all pataquès,” he told Le Monde. “They seem not to be happy that I react on January 1,” he noted, adding, “I think it’s inflated by this government did not even ask me before, so that they can legitimately doubt that I did not particularly want to be decorated by them. “

” No need for a Legion of Honour to say or write “

The Secretary of State for State reform and simplification Thierry Mandon has estimated Friday on BFM TV and RMC that this action was not motivated by “humility” while Axelle Lemaire, Secretary of State for the Digital regretted on France Inter “the way.” The Minister of Agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll, spokesman of the government, he distinguished the researcher, “who is in his office, which makes calculations, which has the responsibility an intellectual approach” and the officials responsible for “policy, which is facing the reality.”

Still, the economist, whose book to the huge international impact is to demonstrate that without political intervention through taxation, growth rather hollow it smoothes the inequalities of wealth is almost from the beginning very critical vis-à-vis the executive, he reminded the evening daily.

“The action (government) in the last two years has been catastrophic, and I did not need a Legion of Honour to say or to write, “he said. Thomas Piketty, who had called for a vote for Francois Hollande, particularly regrets that the president buried major tax reform projects largely inspired by his ideas. He also criticized the “hypocrisy” on the European stage.

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