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Allowed to drink in public parks?

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Allowed to drink in public parks?

My wife and I will be traveling to Paris this coming summer and we'll be bringing our then 1 year old daughter.

I want to plan some picnics in the many parks, but was wondering if it's legal to enjoy a bottle of wine with our picnic in a public park?

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11. Re: Allowed to drink in public parks?

Euro.. I respect the culture of France and the culture is that is it perfectly acceptable to enjoy a glass of wine with a picnic.. I have a feeling you really don't understand the french culture at all..

I often wonder how difficult it must be for you to blend in .. living in France but without the "french chip".. one can acquire it over time of course.. as many of our expats here have.. but you seem to not understand it at all.. Perhaps one can be born French even if their place of birth is another country.. but I don't think that happened for you.

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12. Re: Allowed to drink in public parks?

It's a valid - and interesting point. Can one really respect local culture while breaking local laws?

If you do have wine on your picnic, do it discreetly and don't get tipsy. That would def make you a disrespectful tourist.

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13. Re: Allowed to drink in public parks?

The law is fairly recent the culture is anicent.

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14. Re: Allowed to drink in public parks?

The law is designed to allow the police to shake down/deal with riffraff. If you are not in that category, then you're fine.

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15. Re: Allowed to drink in public parks?

Maybe it is a part of the culture to ignore certain laws...? lol

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16. Re: Allowed to drink in public parks?

Off topic but related, what galled us was the rampant and illegal sale of beer by hawkers in front of Sacre Cour. No age requirements, "Teeny boppers, step right up!" And equally rampant flow of urine down the steps to rue Lamarck. Pervasive stench, broken glass and discarded beer cartons. Where were the police? Badgering families sharing a bottle of wine at a picnic? I certainly hope not,

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17. Re: Allowed to drink in public parks?

Come you guys! you should be used to Euromanic by now..... the name says it all: Euro-MANIC ...(she may enjoy stirring the pot to excite you all..).

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18. Re: Allowed to drink in public parks?

"Maybe it is a part of the culture to ignore certain laws...?"

Certainly in Paris it is, where one can smoke on public transport, urinate where you like and ride motorbikes along pedestrian sidewalks or the wrong way down a one way street. But put one foot on those precious blades of grass.......

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19. Re: Allowed to drink in public parks?

That is mentioned in the official rules as well:

"L’accès aux pelouses des parcs, jardins et squares est en principe autorisé

du 15 avril au 15 octobre, et interdit pendant les autres périodes

pour permettre leur régénération. Toutefois certaines d’entre-elles

peuvent être inaccessibles en permanence ou temporairement et signalées

comme telles, lorsque certaines configurations les rendent

fragiles ou dangereuses, ou lorsque leur situation en relation avec des

équipements particuliers présente un risque."

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20. Re: Allowed to drink in public parks?

In my experience of Paris, people do not generally smoke on public transport or 'urinate where they like' (although obviously both of these happen occasionally). Last week I saw somebody stopped by a police officer for riding a motorcycle on the pavement. I think your comments are a bit over the top, Henneth.

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