If you have ever been annoyed at a restaurant by a patron who will not stay off their cell phone, you are not alone. The owner of Petit Jardin, Hean-Noel Fluery, in southern France has banned the use of mobile phones (along with Coke and ketchup) at his tables. To keep it fun the servers will blow a whistle and hold up a yellow penalty card if someone is caught using their phone. There is a board outside the establishment stating these rules and they are explained to customers when they enter. Fluery is hoping this will help to return the custom of conversing during meals to his restaurant. The purpose behind the ban on Coke and ketchup is to promote locally produced alternatives.
Rory Ramsden is a French property finder and buyer's agent working for high net worth private clients wishing to buy a chateau, manor or vineyard in the south west of France. He has lived in France for 8 years after spending time travelling the world on business.
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