A carbon tax poised to take effect on January 1, 2010, in France has been declared illegal. France’s Constitutional Council says that the tax burden was distributed unfairly and that there were too many exempt polluters.
Observers say the council’s ruling is a severe blow to both Sarkozy’s environmental plan and as France’s budget for 2010. The government now has to find a way to come up with about 4.1 billion euros in revenue that was expected to be generated the tax.
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