Monday, 22 September 2008

France Bans Internet Ads for Alcohol

From the depressingly thick oppressive/interventionist state regulation-files, France has banned the advertisement of alcohol on the internet:
France may be home to some of the world's finest wines but it could be about to join the tiny club of Muslim states that forbid their promotion on the internet...

The Heineken beer company was forced by the ruling last February to block French access to its corporate site. Since then, some of the biggest drinks brands have shut out French visitors for fear of prosecution.
Unsurprisingly, overall alcohol consumption fell by 6% in France between 1999 and 2004, and beer sales fell 10% in the same period. I have had a few visitors from France to this site, I hope my Google ads don't spell trouble!

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