The French government has decided against banning smoking in bars, bistros and other public places. Existing laws which require cafes and restaurants to provide separate smoking areas are widely ignored. But now instead of pursuing a total ban, Health Minister Xavier Bertrand has announced a "vast consultation". Anti-smoking groups have accused the government of cowardice. More than half of French adults smoked during the 1980s, but that figure is now down to around 30%. This weekend smoking was banned inside all buildings at Brussels International Airport. The Sunday Telegraph 16/04/06 page 21