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French vote in stricter alcohol laws

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The French lower house of Parliament has passed an amendment banning the sale of alcohol to under-18s as part of an effort to tackle growing alcohol abuse among young people.

They also voted to ban so-called “open bars”, where unlimited drinks are offered for a fixed entry price. France is ranked 11th in the world for alcohol consumption. However, figures show drink-related hospital admissions for young people rose by 50 percent between 2004 and 2007. 11 percent of 17-year-olds say they drink regularly. The Assembly also voted to ban the sale of cigarettes to under-18s. The current law allows the sale of tobacco to youngsters of 16 and over. Lawmakers also approved an amendment that would forbid the sale of alcohol overnight at petrol stations. It is estimated alcohol is behind one in four fatal accidents on the country’s roads.