French politicians back ‘soda tax’ increase for sugary drinks

Fizzy beverages are set to become more expensive after French MPs strongly backed a hike in taxes on all sugary drinks.

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France is aiming to curb obesity by taxing fizzy drinks


The new system follows on from an initial “soda tax” introduced in 2013, and is part of the government’s 2018 social security budget. Olivier Veran, the MP behind the bill, said: “The only objective is to boost the health of children and reduce the risks of obesity and type 2 diabetes.”

The original tax meant that all fizzy drinks with added sugar were taxed at €7.5 per hectolitre. However, French MPs do not believe this has had enough of an impact, so the country has taken World Health Organisation advice to introduce a sliding scale tax which will apply to drinks containing at least 1g of sugar per 100ml.

The most sugary drinks, containing more than 11g of sugar per 100ml, will be taxed at €20 per hectolitre.

This new tax initiative is France’s latest attempt to tackle obesity in the country; earlier in the year France brought in a law to ban free refills of fizzy drinks in restaurants. The law states that it is illegal to sell soft drinks at a fixed price for an unlimited amount of drink, while it is also illegal to offer unlimited amounts for free.

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