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.