France, social portrait2013 Edition
France, Social Portrait is for everyone who would like to learn more about French society.
Redistribution: state of play in 2012
Social security benefits and the tax burden reduced the income gap in the population. In 2012, social security benefits (family allowance, basic welfare benefits and housing benefit) contributed a little less than two thirds to this reduction and the tax burden a little more than a third, mostly through income tax. Compared to 2011, the contribution of taxes to reducing the income gap rose by 2 points, owing mainly to a large increase in income tax revenues.