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France Announces an 'Eco-Tax' on Air Travel

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France Announces an 'Eco-Tax' on Air Travel
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France will impose a tax on flights leaving the country in an effort to curb emissions from air travel, the government said Tuesday.


Transport Minister Élisabeth Borne said an "eco-tax" on flight tickets leaving France will begin next year, ranging between 1.50 euros and 18 euros per flight. Revenues will be put towards "eco-friendly" transportation like light rail projects, Borne said.

"This alone won't do much, but it's at least a recognition by the French government that more is required," Andrew Murphy, air travel export at Transport and Environment, told the AP.

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