November 8, 2000 |
President Jacques Chirac urged drastic new precautions against mad cow disease, and a top health official predicted that more people will die as France's proud culinary tradition took a hammering. Chirac called on the government to suspend immediately the use of meat and bone meal in all animal feed amid growing anxiety about the spread of the cattle illness.
March 29, 1990 |
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.
July 8, 1988
French cancer specialist Leon Schwarzenberg resigned as health minister, just 10 days after taking office and two days after a storm of protests erupted over his plan to hand out narcotics in an effort to stop pharmacy break-ins. Premier Michel Rocard's office issued a statement saying Schwarzenberg stepped down after the premier reminded him of instructions concerning "government communication."
October 31, 1987 |
About 25,000 residents here were allowed to return to their homes Friday after firefighters doused a burning fertilizer silo that spewed tons of irritating chemicals into the air, officials said. The blaze broke out Thursday morning and burned for nearly 24 hours. Officials said two dozen people were treated for respiratory problems from breathing gases produced by the blaze. "We narrowly missed a catastrophe," said Jean-Marc Ayrault, mayor of St. Herblain, one of the towns that were evacuated.
June 27, 1992 |
Fearing that the deadly "mad cow" disease may spread to humans, France ordered 32 over-the-counter drugs containing cattle tissue off the market Friday. The Health Ministry communique announcing the withdrawal called the move "preventive." "At the moment, there exists no scientific proof that these drugs have caused or could cause transmission of the sickness to man," the statement said. Bovine spongiform encephalopathy is a fatal brain ailment that strikes cattle.
December 17, 1988 |
France has been hit with its worst flu epidemic in 20 years, and by Christmas, one in five people will have suffered from high fever, aching bones, stuffy nose and other unpleasant flu symptoms, doctors say.