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Sir: France has long had an uneasy relationship with Coca-Cola ("France joins ban on Coke in cans", 17 June). Shortly after the Second World War, a Deputy complained to the appropriate minister that "they are selling a drink on the boulevards of Paris called Coca-Cola" and was the government going to "permit them to poison French men and women". Much testing and re-testing followed (with much political manoeuvring) before Coca-Cola was permitted to manufacture in France.


Laxfield, Suffolk