Paris tightens fine for smokers dropping cigarette butts
Stricter measures to stop people dropping cigarette butts on the streets of Paris have come into force. Smokers caught flicking their stub on the pavement now face a €68 (£50) fine.
An estimated 350 tonnes of cigarettes are discarded on the streets of Paris each year, city officials say.
France’s ban on smoking in public places was extended to include bars and restaurants in 2008. About 28% of people in France are regular smokers - a relatively high rate for the EU.
Some observers say the ban in bars and restaurants has increased littering as smokers are forced outside. Cigarette butts can take years to decompose, during which time they release heavy metals and pollutants.