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The Independent reports that the French government "has passed a new law to ensure all plastic cups, cutlery and plates can be composted and are made of biologically-sourced materials," essentially banning all plastic glasses, knives, forks and food boxes."

The law goes into effect in 2020, and the story says that it is part of "an ambitious plan that aims to allow France to make a more effective contribution to tackling climate change."

There are, of course, naysayers.

According to the story, "Pack2Go Europe, a Brussels-based organization representing European packaging manufacturers, says it will keep fighting the new law and hopes it doesn't spread to the rest of the continent." And it hopes to persuade the European Union that France has violated EU law by taking such a unilateral action.
KC's View:
I can't help but chuckle at all this. The Brits are unhappy with European Union rules, they pull out of the EU. The French are unhappy, they ban plastic forks.

Vive le France!

I love France, I love Paris, and I firmly believe in the philosophical notion of "Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité."

But that said, I can't help but think of the great Gene Hackman line in French Connection II: "I'd rather be a lamppost in New York than the president of France."