L’heure malheureuse

Whatever happened to that French joie de vivre? The Guardian Reuters reports:

France is considering a ban on happy hours in bars and on the sale of bottles of vodka and other strong liquor in nightclubs as part of efforts to curb binge drinking among young people, an official said on Monday.

Not that things are free and easy here in Virginia. Among other restrictions, establishments here can’t extend happy hour beyond 9 pm, advertise their specials, or sell mixed drinks in pitchers. I believe a few bars get around the time restriction by offering one low-priced beer only on certain nights; thus its price is never discounted, it’s just always low when it happens to be available. I wonder if French legislation would allow a similar loophole.

Comments

  1. D White says:

    “Chances that a story in a British newspaper is a reprinted or rewritten press release: 3 in 5″ (from Harper’s Index: http://www.harpers.org/archive/2008/05/page/0017)

  2. Mike says:

    There’s a reason Americans often use the same adjective for the French as Bostonites use for Bucky Dent.

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