A baby died on Tuesday shortly after being born to a woman living on a central Paris street.

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Baby dies after homeless woman gives birth on street

A baby died on Tuesday shortly after being born to a woman living on a central Paris street.

The 38-year-old woman was reported to have been living in a tent with her husband on a street close to the Jardin du Luxembourg in the south of the capital.

Her baby, a girl, was born just metres away from two of the city’s largest hospitals. 

Daily newspaper Libération reported that pressure group Morts de la Rue (Deaths on the Street) held budget cuts responsible.

The group blamed “reductions in spending that can only create situations like this.”

“We want to express our anger regarding the government who no longer seem able to protect the poorest,” they said.

Politicians were quick to give reactions to the news. 

“A baby dead in the street just a few steps from a maternity hospital #sadness #incomprehension,” tweeted government spokeswoman and budget minister Valérie Pécresse.

The partner of Socialist presidential candidate François Hollande also used her Twitter account to comment.

“The fact that a woman gives birth in the street and her baby dies outrages me,” wrote Valérie Trierweiler.

The Morts de la Rue association has estimated that 280 people have died living on the streets since the start of the year.


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France puts tax pressure on Switzerland

France is putting Switzerland under pressure to help it recover inheritance tax from its citizens resident in Switzerland.

The French have been eyeing certain circumstances under which they have been losing out on inheritance tax to the Swiss tax authorities and have decided to push to change applicable regulations.

When a French resident inherits from a Swiss resident, the current rules say that, save for an inheritance of French real estate, any inheritance tax due is payable to the Swiss rather than the French tax authorities.

But the Swiss are also benefiting when French real estate is transferred. In order to get around the requirement for heirs to pay inheritance tax on the transfer of French real estate, property owners are transferring the property to a property company, which issues shares in return.

Upon death of the Swiss resident owner, shares instead of real estate are transferred with two consequences: first, because the asset is now shares and not property, any inheritance tax due is payable in Switzerland rather than France, and second, the inheritance tax due in Switzerland is considerably lower than it would be in France.

The French have had enough of this situation and are exerting considerable pressure, with the threat of a refusal to enter into a double tax treaty with Switzerland hanging over the negotiations.

“If France makes good its threat and terminates the double taxation agreement wealthy Frenchman will move out of Switzerland, because they do not want to pay taxes in each country and be taxed twice. The western Swiss cantons would be particularly affected,” said Christian Wanner, of the Conference of Cantonal Finance Directors.

Swiss Finance Minister, Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf has said that the French are expecting more than the Swiss are willing to give. She is scheduled to meet French president Francois Hollande in two months’ time. In the meantime, the double tax treaty is set to go before Parliament.