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Authorities in France have rejected a proposal to introduce a special tax on energy drinks.

A tax of EUR50 (US$65.40) per hectolitre had been proposed as part of a raft of fiscal measures passed by the French Parliament last month. However, the proposal was dismissed yesterday (13 December) by the country's Constitutional Council.

The Council judged that the reason for the tax - to tackle alcoholism and binge drinking among young people - could not be justified.

In taxing drinks that do not contain alcohol in order to combat alcohol consumption among young people. the legislator had adopted a position that is not founded on objective and rational criteria, the Council ruled.


Sectors: Soft drinks, Water

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