Britons with homes in France face higher taxes

Around 200,000 Britons who have holiday homes in France could be charged a new tax, adding thousands to their bills.

Struggling president Nicholas Sarkozy has proposed the levy in a desperate bid to raise revenues and improve his falling poll ratings.

It would see a typical holiday homeowner with a £350,000 house pay £700-a-year.

Anyone lucky enough to own a £5.5m Parisian mansion would face paying an extra £3,400-a-year.