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(09/15/09) -

French Decidedly Reject Carbon Tax

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – French people
are overwhelmingly against the idea of having to pay a levy on gasoline, according
to a poll by CSA. 74 per cent of respondents oppose the notion of introducing a
carbon tax as a way to promote energy-saving practices, while 25 per cent see
it favourably.



(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – French people
are overwhelmingly against the idea of having to pay a levy on gasoline, according
to a poll by CSA. 74 per cent of respondents oppose the notion of introducing a
carbon tax as a way to promote energy-saving practices, while 25 per cent see
it favourably.

In May 2007, Nicolas Sarkozy, candidate for
the centre-right Union for a Popular Movement
(UMP) and former interior minister, won the presidential run-off with 53.06 per
cent of the vote. Sarkozy appointed François Fillon—who had been his adviser
and presidential campaign leader—as prime minister.

Earlier this month, Fillon said the
government will introduce a carbon tax next year. The levy of approximately $20
U.S.
will apply to transport and fuels used in the household.

Fillon declared: “We have decided to apply
this tax progressively. Starting with the market price of carbon, or 14 euros.
(…) We will then put in place an independent committee charged with measuring
the effects of the policy and proposing adjustments.”

 

Polling Data

 

In order to motivate consumers to reduce
their energy use, a “carbon tax” could be implemented on the price of fuel,
coal and gas. Do you have a favourable or unfavourable opinion of this
proposal?

 

Favourable

25%

Unfavourable

74%

No opinion

2%

 

Source: CSA

Methodology: Telephone interviews with
1,006 French adults, conducted on Sept. 2 and Sept. 3, 2009. No margin of error
was provided.