French state deficit to hit EUR 46.8bn

23rd November 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 23 (AFP) - The French central state deficit will grow to EUR 46.8bn this year under an amended draft budget approved by the parliament, the budget ministry said Wednesday.

PARIS, Nov 23 (AFP) - The French central state deficit will grow to EUR 46.8bn this year under an amended draft budget approved by the parliament, the budget ministry said Wednesday.

A deficit of EUR 45.17bn was initially forecast.

The difference is a result of "weaker than expected economic growth", the ministry said.

A key measure in the revised budget is a tax of between one to 40 euros on airline passengers to help pay for health programmes in the world's poorest countries.

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