Debate: France’s eco-tax on flights: at best well-meant?

With effect from next year France will introduce an eco-tax on flights out of the country ranging from 1.50 to 18 euros on the ticket price, depending on the distance flown. Flights to France’s overseas territories are to be exempt from the tax. The revenue of around 180 million euros thus generated is to be used to expand the French railway company SNCF, the government said. Commentators are not impressed by the measure.


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