Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

France to introduce Irish-style smoking ban next year

Published 09/10/2006

France has become the latest country to announce the introduction of an Irish-style ban on smoking in public places.

Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said today that the measure would come into force in all offices, schools and public buildings next February.

However, restaurants, nightclubs and bars are being allowed to delay the introduction of the ban until 2008.

Ireland was the first EU countries to impose a ban on smoking in public places when it introduced the restriction two-and-a-half years ago.

Similar bans have since been imposed in Norway, Italy, Spain and Scotland, while England, Wales and Northern Ireland are also due to come on board next year.

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph