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France Considers Taxing Private Jet Use in Fight Against Climate Change

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Money is a sticking point in climate-change negotiations around the world. As economists warn that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius will cost many more trillions than anticipated, WSJ looks at how the funds could be spent, and who would pay. Illustration: Preston Jessee/WSJ

PARIS—France is exploring ways to rein in private-jet flights amid a growing backlash over the wealthy’s use of high-emitting planes to travel the distance of a car or train journey.

Clement Beaune, France’s transport minister, said President Emmanuel Macron had given him the green light to come up with a plan for further regulating and possibly taxing the use of private jets as the French government ramps up its push to fight climate change.

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