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
Turkey will debate fighting against IS in Syria and Iraq - side by side with the Kurds. Ankara is paying the price for the foreign policy zigzag course it followed over the past years, DW's Baha Güngör says.
Russian authories have scrapped a longstanding student exchange program formed to foster understanding with its Cold War nemesis. The Kremlin claims that the US used the program to get around a Russian adoption law.
The German Interior Ministry sees a growing threat to society from transnational organized crime. Berlin is calling for better law enforcement cooperation with countries that are preparing to join the European Union.
Robbie Williams did it, and so did George Michael. Now it's Lady Gaga's turn. The colorful pop diva recorded a jazz and swing album together with jazz legend Tony Bennett. An unusual collaboration - that works great.