It is true, that the French love tax more than most european states. Their hate tax has caused every single successful entrepreneur to leave the country, and the majority moved to london where the highest tax rate is much lower. This is what happens when you raise taxes.
Merkel is involved in this meme because part of her plan is for europe-wide tax harmonisation. Just think about that for a second. I wonder whether all the successful people who contribute more than their fair share in taxes and who provide employment will leave europe altogether.