MAP OF THE DAY: Is There Anything More Fatal For The EU Than Cigarette Price Divergence?

The following map comes from France’s 2011 budget proposal, in discussion of a controversial EU mandate to remove restrictions on cigarette imports.

You can see why French MP’s are fighting this mandate. A local pack of Marlboro costs €5.90. Letting in €2.00 packs from Andorra flies in the face of French anti-smoking legislation and loses significant revenue.

This is another story of the Two Europes straining to fit in a free trade zone and shared currency.

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Photo: senat.fr

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