Hollande eludes Ibrahimovic tax tackle
“Football sometimes bestows much ambition but in a great democracy things are sometimes rather more complicated,” Stephane Le Foll told reporters.
He added that Hollande, who opinon polls show is currently one of the most unpopular post-war French leaders, would therefore be turning down the footballer’s “offer of service”.
Ibrahimovic, fresh from a trophy-laden spell with Paris Saint Germain and rumoured to be bound for Manchester United, said Tuesday he could “help” Hollande.
“I pay my taxes and help this country. I could even make him popular — it’s just I’m not sure I want to,” Ibrahimovic said.
The veteran striker said he earned more than 20 million euros ($22.7 million) in the first half of 2015 and claimed he paid a tax rate of 75 percent.
By paying tax at the top rate, the footballer claimed that “I help this country more than he does because I continue to pay it.”