The beer tax hike, which translates into 5 euro cents per 25 cl., should bring the state revenue of 480 million euros. At 30 liters of beer per capita a year, France is the next to the last beer consumer in the EU.
Beginning in July 2013, cigarette taxes will rise from 64.25% to 64.7% of the price of a pack, bringing the state 125 million euros. This will probably mean a pack of cigarettes in France will cost more next year, after today's 6.5% rise. In another cost-cutting measure, the state announced it will increase taxes for high-income retirees.
Also on Monday, the state announced it will cover pregnancy terminations 100%, fulfilling President Francois Hollande's campaign promise. (ANSAmed).