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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