Harper discusses levy with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris

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PARIS — Prime Minister Stephen Harper has started discussions in Paris with French president Nicolas Sarkozy on the subject of a global bank tax.

This meeting comes a day after Harper met in London with British Prime Minister David Cameron, a supporter of the bank levy.

The tax — supported by many G20 nations — would help pay for economic rescues like ones adopted around the world since 2008.

Harper is opposed to the tax and was unable to convince Cameron to abandon his support during their meeting.

Harper is trying to persuade Sarkozy to join his camp, but the French government is one of the strongest advocates of the plan.

Following the meeting with Sarkozy, Harper will meet with French Prime Minister Francois Fillon.

The economy will be the agenda throughout the day as part of Harper’s preparations for the G8 and G20 meetings in Ontario at the end of the month.

Geographic location: Paris, London, Ontario

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