Never mind the qualityBMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39478.638588.59 (Published 07 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:333
- Theodore Dalrymple, writer and retired doctor
I was told by those who knew the French well (because they are French themselves) that no one would obey the new law that prohibited smoking in cafes and restaurants: that they would go down fighting to preserve the right to their immemorial fug. But when I went to Paris soon after the law came into force, I found that the French had obeyed the law, if not quite as lambs to the slaughter, then at least as hypochondriacs to the panacea.
While in Paris I bought a book by the great Sinologue and literary critic Simon Leys. He is a stylist both in English and French; what is …