Good and pertinent question on a road sign in Anjou last summer
(photo from Micaela and Sue, La Grande Maison)
The news appears to be more positive, Bachelot apparently accepts an amendment to allow alcohol to continue to be sold at garages but is firm on the total restriction on selling chilled alcohol from any garage.
On publicity about alcohol on the internet the two deputies, Yves Bur (UMP) et Jean-Marie Le Guen (PS), whose amendment proposed limiting this to solely producers or négociants, are reported to prepared to accept another, more sensible, amendment. This has been put forward by Jacques Domergue from the Herault in the south of France and would authorise publicity for alcohol anywhere on the net, except for sites for young people or sporting sites.
Fuller details in French here.
From Tim York on the wine forum of Tom Cannavan’s wine-pages
This morning Télématin interviewed Roselyne Bachelot, Minister of Health.
Against a politely hostile interviewer she made the following points about the new draft law on l'Hôpital, etc.
- Her overriding aim is to protect the young.
- It has never been her intention to ban promotional and professional wine tastings and these will be excluded from the scope of the ban on "open bars" as will consumption during "fêtes"; she was asked to explain what this last meant in practice but did not.