I was in Paris yesterday on Feb1, 2007 which happened to be the first day that France's new non-smoking law went into effect.  It bans smoking from public places while bars and restaurants have another year before it kicks in for them.

No smoking in France?  That is certainly something I didn't think would come about.  Japan, Italy and many other countries where smoking is prevalent have also instituted bans.  France has engaged 175,000 public servants to attempt to enforce the ban.

We'll see if they take it to heart. My hotel still had ashtrays out in full force throughout the lobby.

On a separate note, I walked around the Champs Elysees after dinner, to pay homage to the site of the finish line of the Tour de France.