Parliamentary aides take notes before ministers present France's 2013 budget during a parliamentary commission hearing in Paris

 
Parliamentary aides take notes before ministers present France
Parliamentary aides take notes before ministers present France's 2013 budget during a parliamentary financial commission hearing at the National Assembly in Paris September 28, 2012. The French government unveiled sharp tax hikes on business and the rich on Friday in a 2013 budget aimed at showing France has the fiscal rigour to remain at the core of the euro zone. The package will recoup 30 billion euros ($39 billion) for the public purse with a goal of narrowing the deficit to 3.0 percent of national output next year from 4.5 percent this year - France's toughest single belt-tightening in 30 years. REUTERS/John Schults