The sale of alcohol from French petrol stations is to be banned in a new campaign against drink drivers that includes the permanent confiscation of their vehicles for a second offence, according to a report in The Times. Petrol retailers were said to be angered by a measure that is part of a
package to bring down road deaths to 3,000 a year from the current 4,600. The report said wine, beer and spirits have long been sold at filling stations, and forecourt owners said they would face bankruptcy because drink represented about 60% of their non-fuel sales.
An executive from oil company Total was quoted as saying that the measure should therefore also apply to supermarkets which are responsible for the sale of 60% of fuel sales in France.