French support for Swiss over tax row

French Prime Minister François Fillon has said that he does not consider Switzerland to be a tax haven.

This content was published on November 28, 2008

But Fillon, currently on an official visit to Switzerland, said that the country should work towards more transparency in fiscal matters.

"Switzerland is not a tax paradise. It is not considered as such by the Organisation for Cooperation and Economic Development and it is not considered as such by France," said Fillon at a joint media conference held with Swiss President Pascal Couchepin.

However, he called on Switzerland to put OECD transparency rules into practice.

Fillon also addressed the issue of banking secrecy, saying that it should not be mixed up with the tax issue and that it should be applied "in a reasonable way".

Fillon's one-day visit was the first by a French Prime Minister since 1991. He also met Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey and Transport Minister Moritz Leuenberger. Scheduled discussions were on bilateral relations and the European economic situation.

In compliance with the JTI standards

In compliance with the JTI standards

More: SWI certified by the Journalism Trust Initiative

You can find an overview of ongoing debates with our journalists here. Please join us!

If you want to start a conversation about a topic raised in this article or want to report factual errors, email us at

Change your password

Do you really want to delete your profile?

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Almost finished... We need to confirm your email address. To complete the subscription process, please click the link in the email we just sent you.

Discover our weekly must-reads for free!

Sign up to get our top stories straight into your mailbox.

The SBC Privacy Policy provides additional information on how your data is processed.