France's Constitutional Council says the country's proposed carbon tax is illegal. This is being seen as a severe blow to French President Nicolas Sarkozy's plans to fight climate change.
The council said the tax had too many exemptions
France's Constitutional Council has struck down a carbon tax that was meant to take effect on January 1. The council, which is charged with ensuring the constitutionality of French legislation, said too many polluters were exempted in the measure and the tax burden was not fairly distributed.
It was estimated that 93 percent of industrial emissions, including the emissions of more than 1,000 of France's top polluting industrial sites, would be exempt from the tax, which would have charged 17 euros per ton of emitted carbon dioxide.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has argued the tax is necessary to combat climate change and reduce the country's dependence on oil.
Observers say the council's ruling is a severe blow to both Sarkozy's environmental plan and as France's budget for 2010. The government now has to find a way to come up with about 4.1 billion euros in revenue that was expected to be generated the tax.
Editor: Chuck Penfold
British Prime Minister David Cameron has won Polish and Danish support for EU reforms that will prevent a "Brexit." He is touring European countries before setting a date for a UK referendum on EU membership.
Deputy national chairman of the Federation of German Detectives (BDK), Sebastian Fiedler, says closer police cooperation at the European level is needed for greater success in arresting terror suspects.
Starting with the WikiLeaks "Afghanistan War Story" in the summer of 2010, matters moved apace concerning founder Julian Assange. Here's a summary of key dates during what the UN claims is his "unlawful detention."
Picasso was a man of many talents, who always returned to the same place whenever his life took a new direction: the window. A new exhibition in Hamburg examines the artist's intimate relationship with this theme.