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French MPs have voted in favour of a special tax of EUR50 (US$65) per hectolitre on energy drinks, as part of a raft of fiscal measures designed to finance France's social security deficit.

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The tax will be applied to drinks that contain at least 0.22 grammes of caffeine and 0.3 grammes of taurine per litre. Energy drinks producers will see the rise take effect from 1 January if passed by the French Senate.

The move, approved yesterday (25 October), is considerably less than the EUR200-per-hectolitre that had been initially proposed under a parliamentary bill.

Around 40m litres of energy drinks are consumed in France each year and until now have been taxed at the same rate as soft drinks.

Earlier this month, authorities in the country lined up a hike in beer duty. This year has also seen the introduction of a tax rise on added sugar soft drinks and a lesser increase on drinks containing sweeteners.


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