PARIS, Feb 23 (Reuters) - French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron on Thursday outlined his economic plans mixing tax cuts and a reduction in government jobs that would stick to France’s commitments to euro zone partners to cut its budget deficit.
The former economy minister, one of the frontrunners in the April-May presidential race, said he would cut corporate tax to 25 percent from the current 33.3 percent over the next term and aimed to cut public sector headcount by 120,000.
“Unlike Francois Fillon, I don’t believe in a purge and in fixing the country against the people’s will,” Macron told Les Echos newspaper in an interview, referring to his main conservative rival in the election.
“And unlike Benoit Hamon, I don’t accept defeat on the jobs front,” he added, in reference to the Socialist candidate. (Reporting by Michel Rose; Editing by Leigh Thomas)