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Greeks Must Stop ‘Trying to Escape Tax,’ Lagarde Tells Guardian

May 26, 2012

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde says she has more sympathy for deprived children in sub-Saharan Africa than for many of those facing poverty in Greece.

Greek parents have to take responsibility if their children are being affected by spending cuts and “have to pay their tax,” Lagarde said in an interview with the U.K.’s Guardian.

“I think more of the little kids from a school in a little village in Niger who get teaching two hours a day, sharing one chair for three of them, and who are very keen to get an education,” Lagarde told the newspaper. “I have them in my mind all the time. Because I think they need even more help” than people in Greece.

“As far as Athens is concerned, I also think about all those people who are trying to escape tax all the time,” Lagarde added. “All these people in Greece who are trying to escape tax. I think they should also help themselves collectively.” Asked how, she said, “By all paying their tax.”

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mike Harrison at mharrison5@bloomberg.net


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