France to ban hunting under the influence of alcohol

The French government is looking to prohibit hunting under the influence of alcohol or drugs, France’s junior minister for Ecology, Bérangère Couillard announced after months of fierce debate over hunting regulation. A new fine will be created by government decree “in early 2023” to sanction “the act of hunting under the excessive influence of alcohol” as part of a wider government plan on hunting, Couillard said in a speech. According to a French Senate report, 9% of hunters involved in a severe accident test positive for alcohol or drugs.