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Viagra: Corsicans judged the kings of France

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Viagra: Corsicans judged the kings of France
When it comes to viagra, the Corsicans are the kings of France. Bertrand Guay/AFP
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Up until now Corsica was best known for its idyllic beauty, it's cuisine and it's criminal underworld but it now has another, perhaps unwanted, claim to fame – that of being the Viagra champions of France.

France produced its very first Viagra rankings on Friday which revealed the Mediterranean island of Corsica is sitting pretty at the top of the table.

The Corsicans, known in recent years for their fervent nationalism and organized criminal gangs, spend more on Viagra tablets than any other department of France.

In second place were the Alsatians of Alsace and in third place the folk from Paris. Men in Limousin and Auvergne, for whatever reason, seem to have less need for Viagra, as these two departments came bottom of the table.

The rankings were based on a survey of 4,600 pharmacies across France by the firm Celtipharm. Le Télégramme, a regional newspaper from Brittany published a Viagra map of France (see below) based on the findings.

The newspaper speculated if Corsica’s position at the top of the table can be put down to the local’s Italian origin and “a sexual appetite like that Berlusconi’s”.

“Or do they simply have more time on their hands on an island where the beauty doesn’t mask the lack of things to do,” Le Télégramme continued.

Vincent Auvigne, an epidemiologist, responsible for analyzing the survey said it was clear that consumption was higher in the eastern part of France, which may be due to people coming across the border from Switzerland and Germany.

 “It’s a hard map to interpret,” he said. “What is clear, though, is that consumption of viagra is seasonal, with a peak in the summer and that it is taken more in urban areas that in rural parts."

Viagra in France is not reimbursed by the social security system and costs €72 for 4 tablets – "more expensive the foie gras", Le Telegramme notes.

Nevertheless sales of Viagra have shot up in France in recent years, rising by 21 percent between 2009 and 2013. Last year €142 million worth of viagra pills were sold in France.

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