Foreign News: 32,000 Bars

"How m'ny bars you shink there are in Paris?" is a question which numerous U. S. tourists have often asked each other tearfully toward dawn.

Last week the Temperance League of France answered this by no means foolish question with crisp statistics.

For every 75 inhabitants of Paris there is a retailer of alcoholics—in all 32,000, counting cafes, bars, brasseries, cabarets, and boits de unit ("night boxes").

Throughout France more than 500,000 such establishments exist, one for every 81 French persons.

Concluded the Temperance League's report: "70% of the beggars and 53% of the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!