Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/09/29

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Zone blues
From: "Anthony Atkielski" <>
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 10:28:10 +0200

From: Eric Welch <>
Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 1999 02:05
Subject: RE: [Leica] Zone blues

> And how can an employee live on 12,000 a year?

Extremely low living standards (living in boarding houses or apartments of 100
square feet), and/or income supplemented with welfare, which is very widespread
in France even among the middle classes.  In other words, 75% of your income
goes to the government, then you get 5% of that back as welfare.  The usual
strategy is to try to see how much government aid you can obtain, rather than
try to reduce taxes.  The problems with this approach have not yet been noticed
by the French.  Perhaps one day they will see the light, before the rest of the
developed world passes them by.  Decades of socialism have taken their toll.

  -- Anthony