Absinthe, the very cheap alcoholic favourite of legions of French artists, writers and poets of the 19th century will once again be sold in France now that the ban on it's sale is to be lifted any day.
Considered to be the muse and inspiration of Toulouse Lautrec, Van Gogh, Manet and Degas, the drink was known as the 'green fairy' for it's mind altering properties and banned in 1915 because of the damage it's 70% proof industrial alcohol effect caused.
Bizarrely, the drink has always been available in France but was not permitted to be called Absinthe although the rest of the world were able to buy it under that name and virtually the same recipe was being used. In the other 26 EU countries the ban was removed in 1988 so the anomaly will at last be rectified.
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