France to impose on-the-spot fines against drug use

Jean Castex

Paris: French authorities will introduce on-the-spot fines nationwide for drug users, particularly targeting cannabis, from September, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced.

The roll-out of fines follows tests in cities such as Rennes and Marseilles, the BBC reported.

The 200-euro ($23) fixed fine will reduce to 150 euros if paid within 15 days.  Castex made the announcement on Saturday while on a trip to Nice, which has seen weeks of drugs-related violence, including in its Moulins district, where shots were fired in broad daylight outside a supermarket this week.

He said the system would come in at the start of the beginning of the school year after the summer break.