There will be no play in the top two leagues of French football between November 29 and December 2, in response to new government taxation plans.

Teams decided unanimously to strike against a proposed 75% 'Super Tax' on incomes over one million euros a year (£850,000).

Outraged by the plans, there was a general meeting of French teams, as they decided on the best way to tackle the plan that would see disposable incomes of players heavily reduced. 

Under proposals it would not be the players who would have to pay the tax, but the team they were employed by. This would mean for example that PSG would be responsible for the tax on the monster wages of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ezequiel Lavezzi, potentially making it harder for them to retain those players.

It could also affect ability to compete in the transfer market, as a loss of competitiveness against other European sides who wouldn't be exposed to the same restraints, could potentially price the French sides out of the market. 

The President of the French Professional Club's Union, Jean-Pierre Louvel, confirmed these fears, saying: "There will be a weekend without a game at the end of the month. It is the survival of French football that is at stake". 

A further contentious point to the legislation is that Monaco do not fall under the jurisdiction of this legislation and so while their fellow teams would be hampered in paying the large taxes, they would remain unaffected; still able to compete. 

Discussions will take place later this week between club representatives and the French president Francois Hollande, in hopes of meeting a compromise in the legislation. 

This uncertainty will cause concern for French fans, as while wages are often a debatable issue in modern day football, fans won't want to see the landmark signings which have revitalised the French game in recent years leave. With no clear resolution in sight though, it could be many months before the future of French football is decided.

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