Optimistic about fag ban

PARIS - France's health minister thinks the public will respect a new ban on smoking in offices and in other public areas, due to come into force today, but he acknowledged that there would be violators.

PARIS - France's health minister thinks the public will respect a new ban on smoking in offices and in other public areas, due to come into force today, but he acknowledged that there would be violators.

"We have the means to hand out penalties if there are holdouts, but I am resolutely optimistic," Health Minister Xavier Bertrand said yesterday in a radio interview. - Sapa-AP

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