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French Government Seeks Airline Ticket Tax for African Aid

The French government is planning to introduce a small tax on airline tickets to raise funds for aid to Africa.  French President Jacques Chirac said that a $1 tax could raise up to $10 billion for African aid.  Although the G8 nations pledged to consider the idea following a June summit (ie, "please don’t make us decide"), several countries (including the US, Ireland and Greece) have come out against the idea of such a tax.  Germany has backed the plan but will not introduce a tax on its own tickets.  A tax would likely be less than $3.

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