Absinthe and the law

 

In France, following the banning of absinthe, "resister" distillers make it to the front page of the papers and are taken to court.

 

Extracts:

-Mrs F., a café owner in Pontarlier, was caught in the act of selling absinthe to several patrons on the 8th of this month by the police superintendent. The alcohol retailer was ordered to pay a 50 Fr. fine and her establishment was permanently closed. (Le Pontissalien, 30 April 1916)

-Mr M., a café owner of rue des Ecorces in Pontarlier, was ordered to pay a 50 Fr. fine and his establishment closed for serving absinthe to his relative. (Courrier de la Montagne, 25 June 1916)

-For transporting 34 litres of absinthe in his car, Mr Corafini of Morteau was ordered to pay a 298 Fr. fine by the court and to pay the Board of Indirect Taxation 50 Fr. in unpaid taxes. His car was also confiscated and his bar closed. (Courrier de la Montagne, 25 June 1916)

-Today Gilley customs officers arrested Mr C., an Italian resident of Morteau, for transporting ten litres of absinthe in his car. He is also charged with insulting officers while carrying out their duties and driving a car without a licence. He will also have to prove that he had permission to use a car which was not his and which he took without asking the owner. (Le Pontissalien, 28 May 1916)