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défense de fumer

JANUARY 11, 2008
Zis ees boolsheet!
No Smoking in the Cafes de Paris? The new law went into effect January 2nd, 2008.
I can't believe the French will stand for this. All my memories of Paris always include it's smokey cafes with nicotine stained ceilings.
The haze of Gitanes in the air so thick you couldn't see the clock across the room. Everybody would be smoking, even the poodle on the barstool next to me.
Got a light? New York Times Sunday Magazine
Somehow I can't picture the French going outside to smoke on a cold, rainy night, gathered in a doorway or under an awning... like a bunch of monkeys.  Oh, the indignities of it all...