Smokers across France braved chilly weather today to light up on the pavements as a smoking ban took affect.
Restaurant and caf€ owners predicted hard financial times as the ban took affect.
Eight states in neighbouring Germany also launched restrictions on smoking in
bars and restaurants.
French officials gave smokers a New Year's Day reprieve, saying they would only start enforcing the ban on Wednesday though many Paris cafes and restaurants have already gone smoke free.
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