The French government is planning to impose a total ban on the sale of alcohol at the country's 13,300 petrol stations as of part of a drive to promote road safety and reduce accidents.

Currently in France, alcohol can be sold at filling stations between 6am and 10pm but is prohibited beween 10pm and 6am. However, the government argues that the present rules can encourage motorists to consume levels of alcohol which are incompatible with driving.

Special arrangements would be made for filling stations in rural areas which also serve as convenience stores.

A spokesman for France's inter-governmental commission on road safety told just-drinks today (14 February) that the total ban on alcohol in filling stations would be the subject of a government bill and that it was impossible to say when it would become law.