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France Plans Curbs on Tobacco, Alcohol Ads

March 29, 1990|From United Press International

PARIS — The French government announced Wednesday that it will propose a total ban on cigarette advertising and impose new restrictions on publicizing alcoholic beverages.

The proposal, which political observers believe is certain to be approved by the National Assembly this year, is a radical departure for France, where drinking wine, cognac or beer with breakfast is not uncommon and smoke-filled cafes dot the landscape.

The government's proposed measures would ban all cigarette advertising and would prohibit tobacco companies from sponsoring sporting events starting on Jan. 1, 1993.

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