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France raises 'terror tax' to support victims of attacks

Published:Friday | December 30, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Thick smoke and flames rise from amid tents after fires were started in the makeshift migrant camp known as ‘The Jungle’ near Calais, northern France earlier this year.

French citizens will contribute an extra £1.60 (US$1.67) on their property insurance policies to help finance a fund for victims of the extremist attacks that have recently hit the country.

The measure comes into force on Sunday and requires policyholders to contribute £5.90 instead of £4.30.

French government officials said in October, when they revealed the scheme, that about 90 million insurance policies are floating the fund, which currently has reserves of £1.45 billion.

More than 200 people have died in France in attacks over the last 20 months. The Bastille Day truck attack in Nice that left 86 dead this summer costed between £300 and £400 million, approximately the same as the November 13 attacks in Paris, which killed 130 people.

- AP