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France's finance minister says EU weighing climate tax on airlines

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France's finance minister says EU weighing climate tax on airlines
FILE PHOTO - French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire leaves after a news conference in Paris, France July 27, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer   -   Copyright  PHILIPPE WOJAZER(Reuters)

HELSINKI (Reuters) – France’s Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Friday the European Union is considering a tax on EU airlines as part of a plan to reduce carbon emissions.

He said the environmental costs of the aviation sector should be better addressed by EU rules.

He also said that he had discussed with euro zone partners and the European Central Bank plans to develop a public virtual currency and to reduce charges imposed by banks on international payments.

(Reporting by Francesco Guarascio @fraguarascio; Editing by Kevin Liffey)