It appears that the French believe that caffeine should only be delivered to tourists in small espresso cups in large numbers on the Champs-Elysées. The French government has banned Red Bull as dangerous to public health and the European Court of Justice said that it could do so. However, the Court ordered France to lift the ban until it could prove those dangers.
Red bull is the most popular energy drink in Britain with 213 million annual sales. The English mix the drink with alcohol at clubs. In 2005, an Irish teenager Ross Cooney, 18, died after he drinking four cans of Red Bull and playing basketball. His death was ruled as a case of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome. Click here for more on SADS. While discouraging pregnant women from drinking Red Bull, the English health officials declared it safe.
The French, however, insist that the combination of caffeine, vitamins and sugar is too much for the French physique. Denmark has also banned the drink.
The European Commission disagrees and sought to overturn the ban.
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