Le rip-off: France to make professionals slash fees
A wide range of professions in France, from notaries and lawyers to chemists and taxi drivers, may have to cut the amount they charge by 20pc under leaked plans by the country's financial watchdog.
The impression that the customer is being routinely fleeced was confirmed when it transpired that 37 regulated professions are making more than twice the profits of any other economic sector while demanding inflated fees.
In a report leaked to the French financial newspaper 'Les Echos', France's Inspection Generale de Finances singles out notaries, pharmacists, driving instructors, bailiffs, lawyers and several other legal professions.
The report said that while they are making big profits, often thanks to a closed-shop set up, their level of customer service was "seriously questioned by users". (© Daily Telegraph, London)