France will ban smoking in public places as of next February.
France. The country.
As someone who generally falls on the side of health advocacy, I know in my intellectual mind this is a great thing.
As someone who lived there during my younger years, I am shocked. What is this world coming to when the people who gave us Galoises are banning smoking from cafes and brasseries?
I think I need to take a quick trip to get one last look at the Paris I knew!
Then again, this could save them a bundle on restoring monuments, cleaning streets (though if they're sneaking cigs dans la rue, one can only imagine how many butts will wind up underfoot), and lower that pesky public healthcare bill...