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Lauren asked in TravelFranceParis · 10 months ago

drinking norms in Paris/France?

two friends and I are going to Paris for a week in about a month, and we all are 17 and from England. At home, we’re used to being served in restaurants (not just wine/beer, spirits & mixers as well) without a problem (without our parents) as the attitude is very relaxed despite the legal age being 18. we are wondering in light of this if the attitude is similar in Paris, as our experience of other parts of Europe is that it’s quite relaxed as well, but we don’t want to run into an issue if we order it and they won’t serve us. Anyone who lives in Paris or has visited and has experience drinking in restaurants there without parents, advice would be much appreciated !! :)

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  • 10 months ago

    The legal drinking age in France is 18. Vendors in stores, bars, or other establishments selling alcohol to individuals under 18 may be fined up to 7,500 Euros for breaking the rules. They rarely card, but rely on subjective judgements of whether people are old enough- which includes both appearance and behavior. In other words, if you order a drink with dinner or in a bar, you'll probably get it. If you act like a bunch of lager louts, they'll cut you off. I find it hard to believe that you get alcohol so easily in England, but you drink in France if you behave yourselves.

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    • Tangi
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      10 months agoReport

      A little correction, there is no legal drinking age in France. 18 is the age you must have for someone to SELL you alcohol. But drinking (and in theory purchasing) is not illegal.

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