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The French economist Thomas Piketty , whose book The Capital in the XXI century was a huge international impact, said “deny (their) appointment” for the Legion of Honour, made official Thursday.
” I just learned that I was proposed for the Legion of Honour. I refuse this appointment because I do not think it is the role of government to decide who is honorable, “said Thomas Piketty, adding,” They would do well to focus on reviving growth in France and Europe . “
His book, a publishing phenomenon in the United States
The Economist appears in the” promotion from January 1 “of the Legion of Honor, published in the Journal Official named knighted alongside another economist, Nobel Prize Jean Tirole, which made him an officer. Refusal to Thomas Piketty comes as his book, which aims to demonstrate the spontaneous tendency to ever greater concentration of wealth in a few hands, has sold 1.5 million copies.
translated into several languages, the book is especially a publishing phenomenon in the United States, where Thomas Piketty was received by advisers to President Barack Obama.
Regular criticism against Francois policy Holland
The reception of the book was warmer in France, especially from the government, despite very strong sales.
Thomas Piketty, a close time of the Socialist Party , regularly criticizes the policies of President Francois Hollande. Regrets, among others, the latter has buried his promise of a deep tax reform campaign in the direction of greater progressivity of the tax, a strongly supported by the Economist project.
The two French Nobel in 2014, the writer Patrick Modiano and economist Jean Tirole, the MSF nurse who contracted Ebola and Mimie Mathy included in the promotion of New Year’s Legion of Honour.