France's constitutional court annuls planned tax on energy drinks of €50/hectoliter, says tax contrary to constitution, lacks rational or objective criteria related to its ultimate purpose

Nevin Barich

Nevin Barich

Dec 19, 2012 – Industry Intelligence Inc.

LOS ANGELES , December 19, 2012 () – France’s constitutional court has annulled a planned tax on energy drinks, NACS Online reported Dec. 18.

The tax was contrary to the constitution and lacked rational or objective criteria related to its ultimate purpose, the constitutional court said in announcing its decision.

Earlier in December, the tax was adopted by the French parliament and provided for a tax of €50 (US$65.80) per hectoliter on drinks containing at least 0.22 grams of caffeine or 0.3 grams of taurine per liter.

The primary source of this article is NACS Online, Alexandria, Virginia, on Dec. 18, 2012.

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