Simple Flying - Joe Kunzler
The ambitious minister claims that taxing low-cost carriers will reduce emissions.
France's Transport Minister, Clément Beaune, wants to increase the cost of low-cost air travel to subsidize rail transportation in the EU, despite acknowledging that planes are cheaper than trains.
Beaune's contradictory stance on air travel restrictions and environmental protection has drawn skepticism from both environmentalists and proponents of free markets.
The proposal to raise the cost of low-fare flights has faced criticism from Ryanair, with the airline's CEO comparing it to price controls in North Korea.