FRANCE ANNOUNCES ‘ECO-TAX’ FOR ALL FLIGHTS LEAVING COUNTRY – ‘AMID AN ESCALATING PLANETARY CLIMATE EMERGENCY’
By Tom Embury-Dennis
France will introduce an “eco-tax” of up to 18 euros on tickets for all flights leaving France, the government has said.
“We have decided to put in place an eco-tax on all flights from France,” transport minister Elisabeth Borne said during a news conference on Tuesday.
She added the tax, which is expected to raise around 180 million euros annually from 2020, would finance daily transport in France.
The new tax will range from €1.50 for short-haul flights and up to €18 for long-haul journeys in business class.
The move comes amid an escalating planetary climate emergency which is disproportionally being caused by the tiny percentage of people who use planes for transport.