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Most French oppose idea of carbon tax: poll

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Tuesday, Sept 8th, 2009

Most French people oppose the idea of France taxing the use of fuel as part of a plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and battle climate change, according to an opinion poll published on Friday.

The government has said it will introduce the carbon tax next year, but there is still high level wrangling over how hefty it should be, with ministers testing public reaction to the new levy.

Underscoring the potential for trouble, a survey carried out by polling group CSA found 74 percent of respondents opposed a carbon tax, with 56 percent of those very opposed.

Many viewed the tax as unfair “because it penalizes people who are obliged to use their cars every day,” the poll said.

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