Evin’s Law has been applied in France for more than three decades. The law restricts the sale of alcohol to the general public inside the country’s stadiums.
Organizers of the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics have refused to seek an exemption to the law, a Paris 2024 spokesman told Reuters.
«Such an exemption would have required a change in the law for an event the size of the Games. The law allows an exemption from the ban on the sale of alcohol for 10 events per organizer per year per municipality,» officials said in a statement. .
«Paris 2024 will host more than 700 competition sessions over 15 days of competition.»
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It remains unlikely that organizers will seek an exemption to the law in the future.
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The organizers of another event, the upcoming Rugby World Cup 2023, successfully negotiated an exception for their event, which will also take place in France.
French law allows a different set of rules for catered hospitality areas, which would include VIP suites. Therefore, attendees who pay the price of the VIP suites in the stadiums of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games will have access to alcohol.
Alcoholic beverages may be advertised via billboards and certain websites, but the sale of the beverages will be limited to those with the VIP designation.
«It is the strict application of French law that allows catering services that include the provision of alcohol to operate in hospitality areas, as they are governed by a separate law on catering,» a spokesperson said in a statement.
«It is not for Paris 2024 to comment on this application of different laws, but for the legislator to define the relevant framework for event organizers.»
Most sports venues in Spain do not allow the sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages. And in Germany, alcohol is restricted during soccer matches, where top rivalries go head-to-head.
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During the last two Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and London in 2012, alcohol was sold inside the stadiums.
Fox News Digital reached out to the organizers of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games for comment but did not immediately receive a response.