|A masked tobacconist blacks out a radar.|
Friday, 21 July 2017
Tobacconists "en colere"
The government has proposed to raise the price of a pack of cigarettes progressively to 10 euros. Tobacconists (called buralistes) are naturally concerned that this will gradually put them out of business. Presumably the plan is to reduce smoking, but the buralistes claim this will not work as smokers will simply buy on the black market, overseas or on-line. Already over 25% of sales are made this way. To make their protest buralistes in Toulouse yesterday covered speed cameras with black bags as a symbolic measure to deprive the government of revenue, just as the vendors will lose income.
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