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How French women caught the British drinking disease

In France, le binge drinking est bien arrivé. And it’s the ladies who are leading the charge

By Jim Pollard   April 2010

The other Saturday night there rose up from the (supposedly) sleepy streets of Batignolles in northwest Paris, a roar the like of which I haven’t heard since Zinedine Zidane put away the penalty that took France into the 2006 World Cup final.

This time, however, the cause of the excitement was not sporting. Instead, the noise came from female revellers, who were descending onto the street from the bars on the corner. Les filles françaises are famous for their understanding of the darker hues of fashion and their classy use of a scarf. Yet this skill wasn’t on display—many of…

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