Sarkozy fights for carbon border tax

French president Nicolas Sarkozy is continuing his fight to introduce a
carbon tax at the borders of the European Union.

Sarkozy claims the carbon border tax will encourage the growth of
environmentally friendly products and change behaviour,

He does not intend to impose a carbon fee on industry and at the same time
allow France to import products from countries that do nothing to tackle the
effects of climate change.

“I am for free trade but I do not see why we should impose environmental
constraints on our companies if we agree to import goods manufactured in
countries lacking environmental constraints,” he said.

The proposed
was rejected last year by the country’s
with a new version to be published this week.

Last year Sarkozy said he was unhappy charging French companies carbon tax
while imported goods did not have to pay a levy.

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