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Among the measures of the austerity plan announced by the French government last week, there is a new tax that specifically targets soft drinks. Prime Minister François Fillon said “it is normal to tax beverages in which sugar is added,” which are “the root of high health care costs.”
At the same time, the French government has also increased the tax on liquor and tobacco. This new measure will come into force on 1 January 2012 and generate revenues of 120 million euros (about $ 170 million) for social security.
In some states of the USA, there is already a “soda tax”. In Canada there are discussions. In France the debate is lively.
And you, what do you think?