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Paper fined over champagne 'ad'
The court ruled that the paper was "inciting consumption"
A French court has ruled that press articles about alcohol should be subject to advertising regulations that provide for health warnings.

The ruling came in a case brought by a state-sponsored association against a Paris daily that published an feature on "The triumph of champagne".

The paper, Le Parisien, argued that it was a "strictly editorial" piece.

But the court has ordered the paper's publisher to pay the association 5,000 euros (3,727) in damages.

The National Association for the Prevention of Alcoholism and Addiction had taken the paper to court to challenge the December 2005 article.

It included reviews of various brands, with sub-headings such as "Champagne, the uncontested star of parties".

The court ruled that the piece should have contained the mandatory warning included in adverts that "alcohol abuse is a health hazard".

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