France plans new green tax says minister

France is planning to bring in a new sort of green tax its environment minister Philippe Martin said this week. Mr Martin – who recently replaced Delphine Batho as Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy after she criticised departmental budget cuts – announced Prime Minister Jean Marc-Ayraut was in favour of a “climate energy […]

Hollande boots out energy minister after budget complaint

France’s President François Hollande has booted out his energy minister (pictured, right) after she criticised cuts to her department’s budget. The nation is in the midst of chopping out €14billion worth of public spending and the swift sacking suggests little criticism will be tolerated from ministers. Delphine Batho spoke out against the 7% cut to […]