A poll taken before President Sarkozy’s speech showed two-thirds of French people opposing the tax measure.
As some politicians in the U.S. continue to get their gender-respective panties/underwear in a bunch over government spending to help people, “conservative” Nicolas Sarkozy has vowed to “save the human race” from global warming with a carbon tax to help cut fossil fuel usage in France.
Nicolas Sarkozy today vowed to lead the fight to “save the human race” from global warming, launching a carbon tax to encourage French families and industry to cut their use of fossil fuels.
From 2010, France will become the biggest European economy to levy a carbon tax, following other successful schemes introduced by Nordic countries in the 1990s.
The tax, initially set at €17 (£15) per tonne of carbon dioxide emissions, will be levied on individuals and businesses for their fossil fuel consumption. It means family fuel bills will rise, while businesses will pay more for factories run on fossil fuels.