French government bans café terrace heating

The until-now familiar heating devices to allow more comfortable al fresco conditions for clients of French bars and cafés, notably allowing smokers a space outside tobacco-free indoor drinking and dining, are to be banned after the coming winter as part of what is officially decribed as an environmental measure to clampdown on superfluous energy consumption.

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France's government has announced new environmental measures, including a ban on heated terraces for cafes and bars, reports BBC News.