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French Legislators Ban Self-Service Soda Fountains and Refills

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Soda fountainby B. Christopher Agee, Western Journalism

As part of its nationwide healthcare legislation, French legislators this month voted nearly unanimously to prohibit any public place from offering self-serve soda fountains and free refills on beverages sweetened with sugar or a sugar substitute.

In the amendment advanced by the National Assembly, lawmakers made it clear that they do not trust French citizens to handle their own soft drinks.

“Whether they are paid for or not,” the proposal states, “self-service fountains dispensing drinks with added sugars or artificial sweeteners are banned in all public places or those which are open to the public.”

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