Paris drug injection site plan axed

AFP-JIJI

Plans in Paris for a site for injecting illegal drugs that raised the ire of local residents have been put off after a state body ruled it would be illegal.

The State Council, France’s top administrative court, has ruled that the project — known in French as a “salle de shoot” — could not go ahead without changes to the law.

The site would have been the first of its kind in France, though similar facilities have been set up in other European countries, including Germany, Spain and the Netherlands.

The site, planned for near the Gare du Nord train station, would have allowed users to inject illegal drugs under supervision.