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France told to hike prices to stub out smoking - FRANCE 24

AFP - France's efforts to stub out smoking have been a complete failure, a spending watchdog said Thursday in a damning report that warned only sustained price hikes will curb the country's love affair with Gauloises and Gitanes.

"The risks of smoking are still gravely underestimated by the public," said Didier Migaud, the first president of the Cour de Comptes, the body that audits government spending.

"With 73,000 deaths a year, the equivalent of 200 a day, it is by far the biggest cause of avoidable death in France."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Dec 13th, 2012 at 01:29:53 PM EST
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Hardly anyone smokes Gauloises or Gitanes nowadays: smokers are all on Camel, Benson, Malboro and the likes. But let's not facts get in the way of a good cliché.

FRANCE 24 is SUCH rubbish

by Bernard on Fri Dec 14th, 2012 at 08:18:36 AM EST
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Out here in the provinces, Gauloises, a béret Basque and a string of onions are de rigueur, darling.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Dec 14th, 2012 at 08:28:12 AM EST
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I know where the beret goes, but where do they put the onions and the Gauloises?

(Personally, I haven't seen anyone smoke Gauloises in eons).

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Dec 14th, 2012 at 08:30:14 AM EST
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My little brother smokes Gauloises.

Mostly, I think, because they're cheap.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Fri Dec 14th, 2012 at 10:57:41 AM EST
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I used to smoke them in the '60s because they looked kinda hip. Then I smoked them because I was hooked. Then I stopped.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Dec 14th, 2012 at 11:52:32 AM EST
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It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Dec 14th, 2012 at 12:02:57 PM EST
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Note, however, that it's written by AFP.

I doubt that either AFP or FRANCE 24 have any English-language copy-writers that know anything about France.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Dec 14th, 2012 at 08:31:59 AM EST
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Not knowing anything must be a job requirement.
by Bernard on Fri Dec 14th, 2012 at 03:42:03 PM EST
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