France intends to begin taxing airline tickets next year to raise development funds for Africa. "I have asked the government to start the necessary procedures so that such a levy is in place from next year," French President Jacques Chirac said. Despite major lobbying efforts by France and Germany to introduce a Europewide tax of €1 or €2 on each ticket, finance ministers in May only agreed to a voluntary tax with the decision on whether to make it mandatory left to individual ...

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