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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071228/ap_on_re_eu/france_smoking_ban_1;_ylt=AktT6MJaKdL63JxEelrajOIE1vAI

From next week, one of France’s most iconic institutions – the smoky cafe – will be but a hazy memory

The extension of France’s smoking ban to bars, discotheques, restaurants, hotels, casinos and cafes on Jan. 1 marks a momentous cultural shift in a country where thinkers like Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir once held court while clutching cigarettes in Left Bank cafes.

What? What?! A French smoking ban? This is news to me, and I was just fuppin’ there! If I’d known this was coming, I may not have left, either!

Of course, my excitement is premature – let’s see how the protest-happy Parisiens treat this new infringement on their libert

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