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France to ban smoking in public places

Posted On: Oct. 9, 2006 12:00 AM CST

PARIS--The French Prime Minister has announced that he will ban by decree, smoking in public places.

Dominique de Villepin said the decree would be made in the next few days, and a ban on smoking in public places would become effective in February, although bars, cafes and restaurants would get an extra year to prepare for this.

Other countries to ban smoking in public places include The Republic of Ireland, Italy, Norway, Scotland and Sweden.