A Tradition Ends in French Cafes France has done the unexpected and moved against smoking in French cafes.

A Tradition Ends in French Cafes

A Tradition Ends in French Cafes

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/17869402/17869346" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

France has done the unexpected and moved against smoking in French cafes.

SCOTT SIMON, Host:

Now, there's been opposition from people who complain that banning smoking is a step toward restricting drinking, adultery and other French liberties that Napoleon defended at Waterloo. But surprise, surprise most Parisians interviewed in the French Press said they actually like being able to smell food and breathe freely in cafes without worrying about swallowing secondhand smoke. Fines for smoking inside a cafe begin at $100 or these days about 5 euros.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

Copyright © 2008 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.npr.org for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.