Twelve countries back airline ticket tax

A proposed international tax on airline tickets to fund medical aid has been
given a boost after 12 countries agreed to support the French-led initiative at
a two-day Paris conference.

However the countries include Madagascar, Mauritius, Nicaragua, Ivory Coast
and Congo – which are not noted for being high on the list of international
departures, the FT reported.

The conference was organised by French president Jacques Chirac, to kickstart
funding pledges made last year at Gleneagles, Scotland, and at other
international conferences.

The UK has given symbolic support to the scheme, saying it will earmark part
of the revenue from its existing airline passenger duty to development aid.

The US opposes both schemes.

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