For all of you posters below bemoaning a “bad reaction” to philanthropists, “it’s their money”, and there are billionaires in Brazil and what not.
I get it.
This article was TRYING to raise a big point, but failed to do so very miserably.
If you read French (and French news), if you even read European news in English – you would KNOW what the “backlash” was about.
It was not about a Brazilian Museum, or aid for Yemen, or even taxes on charitable donations.
The “backlash” in France specifically is about a handful of people raising $2 bln in two days. Just like that. 3 families raised $700 mln in less than 24 hrs.
France – until now – used to think of herself as a more-or-less egalitarian society. 75% tax on income etc.
Then comes a House of Jesus’ Mother burning – then BAHM. 3 families donate $700 mln within 12 hrs of each other.
THIS IS what France is aghast about.
Egalitarianism is a SHAM even in France.
The French just realized it. That’s what they are “backlashing” about.
I predict the Yellow Vests going truly mental any time soon – because NOW they know how much money there is in France that is denied to all of them.
While some people were “mourning” the loss of a 200-year-old religious building I could care less about, 10,000 people have died in Yemen.