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Beer, gin and pastis: Why the price of your favourite tipple has shot up in France

The price of alcohol has risen sharply in France with the introduction of a new food law aimed at protecting French farmers.

Beer, gin and pastis: Why the price of your favourite tipple has shot up in France
The price of alcohol has risen as a result of new food laws. Photo: AFP

The Loi Alimentation (food law), which came into force on February 1st, is an attempt by the government to ensure better pay for French farmers and for small-scale food producers, many of whom are struggling to stay in business.

It caused price rises for around 800 food products.

But the latest data from research firm Nielson found that the price of alcohol has risen by an average of 3.2 percent, reported French newspaper Le Parisien.

The hardest-hit was gin, which has seen a whopping 8.8 percent price since the new laws came in in February, with rum close behind at 8.6 percent.

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Beer has seen a 7.3 per cent price rise, according to data firm Nielson. Photo: AFP

And one of France's favourite apéro tipples has not been spared, with a 6.8 percent rise in the price of pastis.

Beer has seen a 7.3 percent price hike, while sparkling wine has gone up by 5.3 percent (although champagne gets off lightly with an increase of just 1.1 percent).

The food law is a flagship measure aimed at curtailing price wars among competing supermarket chains by ensuring no food can be sold with less than a 10 percent profit margin.

This means that prices have gone up on a whopping 800 food products, including President Camembert cheese and everyone's favourite chocolate spread Nutella.

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French national park bans alcohol over the summer months

A French national park has banned alcohol over the summer months after a spate of accidents.

French national park bans alcohol over the summer months
The gorges of the Ardèche are known as the 'French grand canyon' Photo: AFP

The gorges of the Ardèche region – a national park in southern France very popular with hikers, campers and canoeists – has banned alcohol from the campsites and the river until September 30th.

“Hikers and boaters are prohibited from keeping alcoholic beverages for consumption in the bivouacs of Gaud and Gournier [the only areas where camping in the gorges is permitted] and on the river domain,” said the order issued by the Préfect of the Ardèche.


The area is very popular for canoeing. Photo: AFP

The temporary order began on May 1st and runs until September 30th.

The ban is intended to “put an end to the many accidents caused by drunkenness”, the préfecture told FranceInfo, which also specifies that regular checks will be carried out and that non-compliance with this order will be subject to sanctions.

Over previous summer seasons fighting, dangerous behaviour and drunken accidents have become a problem for police and park warders in the area.

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