French café hikes coffee prices to discourage terrace lingerers

Fed-up owner of brasserie at Toulon in southern France has put up sign stating: 'Coffee 10 euro after 5pm if you are not dining.'

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The leisurely consumption of a well-brewed coffee enjoyed on a sun-drenched café terrasse is an indispensable part of any trip across the Channel.  Indeed, such is the preponderance of idle table lingering in France, that the French even have a dedicated term, ‘seigneur-terrasse’, for a person who spends much time but little money in a café, reports The Telegraph.