Marine Le Pen has never hidden her passion for cats. At the beginning of September last year, she was still happy with a new litter of nine small kittens of the Bengal breed, as reported by Liberation. More RN leaders could then enjoy the event, while chats would have become a common excuse to miss a number of meetings. Marine Le Pen is in her element here. She now even has a professional grower diploma. That is, if felines occupy an important place in his life. She had the opportunity to demonstrate this again on Friday during discussions regarding the Finance Act for 2023.

While the threat of 49.3 hovers, deputies continue to consider the numerous amendments to the text. Then comes Amendment 668, tabled by more than fifteen elected Les Républicains. This suggests that a tax niche be created to cover part of the cost of neutering cats. This tax deduction would correspond to 50% of the cost of sterilizing a man (within the limit of 80 euros) or a woman (within the limit of 120 euros).

“A financial burden for the municipalities”

“In 2017, the number of stray cats on French streets is estimated at between 11 and 12 million and that 80% of the cats that enter the pound are euthanized on average,” writes MP Fabrice Brun, first signatory of one of the two amendment. . Cats have become victims of their domestication, the non-sterilization of cats by their owners being the first cause of abuse, abandonment and ultimately euthanasia. “Two years ago, the majority deputy Loïc Dombreval, a veterinarian by profession, had already put forward a bill that aimed to make sterilization of stray cats mandatory.

During the meeting, and facing a rather inattentive ear from Gabriel Attal, who said from the ministerial bench that he was not “sure that there should be a tax shelter for cats”, Marine Le Pen took the floor to defend her turn. proposed unit. “The reality is that the sum is quite ridiculous because a cat is sterilized once in its life (…) It is fundamental in my opinion and I think that we will have to go further, like certain neighboring countries, that has forced the sterilization of cats to , animals in general except in special circumstances, because it is a real object of suffering, it is a real financial burden on the municipalities, who no longer know how to solve the problem. And on top of that, you recalled that the 90% of cats that end up being euthanized are also animals that live on the streets, with diseases, in the cold, and I think we must vote for this amendment. MPs ultimately voted against .