Proclamation banning absinthe, 1915.
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Because of its high alcoholic strength, and the constant campaigns of the prohibitionist movement, the production and sale of absinthe became increasingly heavily taxed and tightly regulated from the early 1900s. Specific laws concerning absinthe were posted in bars and bistros. Notices advertising a ban on the retail sale of absinthe,with penalties for its continued sale, were posted throughout France in August 1914, and again in March 1915 when absinthe was declared a toxic product, and its manufacture and sale were completely prohibited. This prohibition notice, specifically applying to the Doubs region (the centre of the absinthe industry), was issued by Raymond Poincare on 16th March 1915.