Which means, “That was life.” If France didn’t exist, we would have to invent it:

A French hospital is to open a wine bar for terminally ill patients in an unprecedented but characteristically Gallic way to improve their quality of life.

Patients at the Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital in central France will be able to take part in “medically supervised wine-tasting” sessions.

They will be allowed to invite friends or family over for a drink.

Dr Virginie Guastella came up with the idea because she believes that patients “are entitled to enjoy” their last days.

Patients enthusiastically supported the plan, which has been approved by the authorities. The bar will open in September in the hospital’s Palliative Care Centre.

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As you know, I’m going to Tuscany with an old friend in October, on the Dante trail. My cousin went to Florence a few years back, and tells me, “Watch out — Italy is going to cure of you of your infatuation with France.” I doubt that, but I’m willing to let her try…