From the UK Telegraph:



For the first time in their history, [Paris] tobacconists were on strike, in protest against a 20 per cent rise in taxes on cigarettes. Their action, copied throughout the country, sent shivers through the government… Plastered to the shuttered kiosks of Paris were signs berating the government for its hypocrisy and calling on smokers, and all those who care for personal liberty, to support them…. In its editorial yesterday Le Monde warned the government not to let its obligation to public health lead it to become too nannyish. “Smoking is a right,” the newspaper said. If the government seemed to be making smoking socially unacceptable or even somehow illegal, it would be crossing a dangerous line.

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