Thousands of horseback riders from across France along with scores of pedestrian marchers took part in the protest against the proposal to bump up the VAT tax from 7 percent to 20 percent.
Radio France Internationale said the march past the Bastille square included a side story. The European Commission has been pressuring France to bring its regulation of horseback riding into line with the rest of Europe.
Riding is the third-most popular sport in France and the tax is predicted to close 2,000 equestrian center and result in the slaughter of as many as 80,000 horses.
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