The French government supports the idea of imposing higher taxes on private jets in 2023 by aligning taxes on aviation fuel with those on cars, the country’s Environment Minister Christophe Bechu said on Saturday.
Speaking on franceinfo radio, Bechu said his government supported an amendment to Tax Bill 2023, proposed by President Emmanuel Macron’s political bloc, which would impose tougher tax rules on emissions from private jets.
Transport Minister Clément Beaune had previously proposed tougher regulations for private jet travel in Europe, tossing the idea of additional tax measures on the aviation sector, which he said benefits from a “tax regime more favourable” than other modes of transport.
In early September, MPs from the far-left La France Insoumise party lobbied for an outright ban on the use of all private jets in the country, amid concerns over rising fuel costs for consumers . The French Green Party is also in favor of a total transport ban.
The issue came to public attention in France after top football team Paris Saint-Germain came under fire for chartering a private jet for a short trip to the city of Nantes in the west of the country, in September. By high-speed train, the journey would normally take less than two hours.