France bans refills
THE practice of offering free refills from self-service soft drink fountains is now illegal in France.
A government decree — prohibiting restaurants, hotels and catering facilities from allowing customers to top up their drinks for free — went into effect yesterday.
The move is aimed at combating obesity.
The ban on refills of sweetened soft drinks is part of a sweeping public health law passed a year ago.
France has some of the lowest obesity and overweight rates among developed countries.
In 2012, the New York City health board approved mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to ban the sale of large sugary drinks in restaurants and other venues. However, a court struck down the proposal in 2013.