Restaurants and other spaces catering to the public in France have been banned from offering unlimited sugary drinks in an effort to reduce obesity.

Under the law which took effect on Friday, it is illegal to sell unlimited soft drinks at a fixed price or offer them unlimited for free.

France's level of adult overweight or obesity is close to the EU average.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends taxing sugary drinks, linking them to obesity and diabetes.

Self-service "soda fountains" have long been a feature of family restaurants and cafes in some countries like the UK, where a soft drinks tax will be introduced next year.

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