PARIS (Reuters) - France will pare back financial regulations to EU minimums and introduce new tax incentives to make Paris a more attractive finance hub, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Wednesday.
Speaking to a reception for 200 finance executives, Philippe said most of the changes would be made by the end of the year, as countries across the EU battle to attract bankers from London amid uncertainty over the impact of Brexit on the region's biggest financial centre.
The country will also make it possible to amortise goodwill, as in Germany, as part of a longer term European project to harmonise regulations for calculating corporate tax.
"A financial centre is built with patience, by being consistent. I want this consistency to be the trademark of our economic strategy and our attractiveness policy," Philippe said in a speech.
The moves add to steps already taken by President Emmanuel Macron aimed at boosting Paris as a financial centre, such as plans to gradually cut corporate tax to 25 percent and scrapping a wealth tax on financial assets.
Macron's government has also set a flat tax of 30 percent on all capital income and removed the top marginal band of payroll tax, although the moves have led to criticism of Macron as being a president for the rich.
The Paris Europlace financial sector lobby said on Wednesday Paris was set to win 3,500 financial sector jobs leaving Britain due to Brexit.
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(Reporting by Jean-Baptiste Vey; Additional reporting and writing by Leigh Thomas; Editing by Michel Rose and Mark Potter)
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