French minister offers CO2 tax breaks for hauliers

French transport minister Dominique Bussereau has proposed to partially exempt road hauliers from a new carbon tax in 2010 as part of negotiations over wages. Talks with the sector's representatives were still ongoing when ENDS went to press on Thursday.

Green group France Nature Environment (FNE) said it was "dismayed" by the news. Hauliers will take a decision on the offer by Friday morning at the latest, a spokesperson from road transport federation FNTR told ENDS.

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