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The move has been criticised by people with holiday retreats and housing experts who said that such a tax would harm the economy.
Thousands of Britons already facing steep bills at home may have to sell the overseas properties if the charge is introduced.
A number of organisations are reportedly planning to challenge the tax on a legal basis as it may break European laws by discriminating against foreign home owners.
Figures suggest that there are some 360,000 second home owners in France. Around 200,000 are believed to be British.