Sarkozy moots doubling of green taxes

French presidential hopeful calls for shift in taxes from labour to pollution in speech on environment

France must double green taxes in five years, centre-right presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy said on Thursday in what is being seen as a further bid for the green vote.  Speaking in Paris, Mr Sarkozy also called for tax credits for individuals and companies investing in environmentally-friendly activities.  Last year he called for the centre-right to lead on environmental issues by creating a "popular ecology" (EED 20/10/05).  Environmental taxes in France fell from around 2.9% of GDP in 1999 to 2.1% in 2004, according to Eurostat (EED 23/05/06).  See speech.

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