France is set to impose a “fat tax” on sugary soft drinks such as Coca-Cola and Fanta, looking to raise over $150 million a year, reports the Daily Mail.
Just last week, Denmark became the first nation to impose a tax on fatty foods, slapping duties on calorie loaded staples like butter and chips. Now, France is attacking soda, though diet and zero-calorie beverages will not be taxed.
According to the London Evening Standard more than 20 million people in France are overweight, with seven million reportedly clinically obese. However, the French are still officially Europe’s second skinniest people according to the newspaper.
The new “fat tax” comes in just as the French government has curtailed the use of condiments in schools. Ketchup and mayonnaise are now only to be served when students are eating French fries.
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