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The Tour de France of tax havens [en]
[2009-07-08]



Tax havens play an essential role in the globalisation of criminal financial activity because of the tax advantages which they provide for their clients, but also because of the banking secrecy and the judicial immunity which they guarantee.

This year the organisers of the Tour de France had the brainwave of leaving from Monaco with stages in Andorra and Switzerland, three tax havens.

Attac France, Attac Switzerland and other partners, swung into action.

The programme :

MONACO 3rd - 5th July

3rd July 2009, Place de la liberté at Cap d'Ail near the border to Monaco.

2:30 pm: Inaugural press conference in the presence of Dominique Plihon (president of the scientific committee of Attac) and Jean Merckaert (CCFD - Terre Solidaire, [Catholic Committee Against Hunger and for Solidarity], coordinator of the platform on tax and judicial havens.

3:00 pm: Symbolic activities organised by CCFD-Terre Solidaire - “Tax havens versus the countries of the south”: opportunities for video, sound recording and photographs.

4th July 2009, on the route of the Prologue (of the Tour de in Monaco

Banners, leafleting, (particularly at the station) and activities organised by several groups under the auspices of Attac. Slogan: “tax haven, social hell!”

Contacts:

- CCFD-Terre Solidaire : Véronique de La Martinière (Paris) on 01 44 82 80 64 / Jean Merckaert (at the venue) on 06 81 84 30 64.

- Attac France: Geneviève Legay on 06 16 91 15 22 / Dominique Plihon 06 82 22 27 11.


ANDORRA - 10th and 11th July

Symbolic activities at Pas de la Case, Ax-les-Thermes and Saint-Girons coordinated by Attac.

Contact: Renaud Tzanos - renaud.tzanos@free.fr - 06 83 17 22 65.



SWITZERLAND (Verbier) 19th July

Symbolic activities initiated by a collective of Swiss groups (details to be confirmed)

Contact : Olivier Longchamp - longchamp@ladb.ch - +41 (0)21 620 03 09



ANNECY 23rd July

Symbolic activities by several groups (ATTAC, CCFD, Survie, SNUI) - handing out leaflets, street theatre at a « tax haven » area, floating islands on the lake.

Contact :

- Thomas Borrell (Survie) - thomasborrell@yahoo.fr - 04 76 84 60 02.

- Jean-Noël Hyacinthe (CCFD-Terre Solidaire) - 06 61 51 89 57

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