Cafes are Closing in France!

Say it isn’t so!

The thing I love most about France are the cafes. Sitting at a table outside a cafe having my morning coffee and croissant, enjoying the sun and people watching, is one of my favorite France activities and one I was planning on indulging in a lot on our next trip. But today’s New York Times says that cafes are not so busy and many are closing.

Coffee and Croissants at a Cafe

There are many reasons for the slowdown: the smoking ban that started in January, strict drink-driving laws, the recent economic downturn, changes in the culture.

Across France, Cafe Owners are Suffering,” Steven Erlanger, New York Times, November 22, 2008.
“The plight of Ms. GuĂ©rin is being replicated all over France, as traditional cafes and bars suffer and even close, hit by changing attitudes, habits and now a poor economic climate.”

So, when in France, do your civic duty and go to the cafes, have a coffee, have two! I know that I will!

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Pauline Kenny

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