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No to Europe-wide tax, says France

Le député français Pierre Lellouche a été choisi comme représentant spécial de la France pour l'Afghanistan et le Pakistan, le 3 mars 2009.
Le député français Pierre Lellouche a été choisi comme représentant spécial de la France pour l'Afghanistan et le Pakistan, le 3 mars 2009. AFP
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France has followed Britain in rejecting the idea of European Union-wide direct taxes. EU budget commissioner Janusz Lewandowski on Monday said he was considering options such as a direct levy on taxpayers or a tax on air transport to finance the EU budget.

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"We judge this idea of a European tax perfectly ill-timed," France's junior minister for

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Europe, Pierre Lellouche told the AFP news agency. "Any extra tax is currently unwelcome. It is much more the time for the member states and also European institutions to make savings."

Lewandowski made his remarks to Financial Times Deutschland on Monday.

Lellouche said that the idea “raises fundamental political questions and would constitute a major transfer of sovereignty and tax-raising power”.

Britain has also criticised the idea. Commercial Secretary James Sassoon on Tuesday said the UK insists on keeping control of its taxation policy.

The German government opposed the proposal on Monday.

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