French mayor decides it takes free Viagra to raise a village

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French mayor decides it takes free Viagra to raise a village

With falling birth rates, Jean Debouzy decided to take the bull by the horns

Henry Samuel


A French mayor has issued a decree pledging free handouts of Viagra to all couples in the village – including newcomers – in an unorthodox attempt to boost the local birth rate and keep its school open.
With the number of babies falling, Jean Debouzy, the mayor of Montereau, population 650, in the Loiret department south of Paris, decided to take the bull by the horns.
“The mayor is in favour of distributing little blue pills,” read the text.
The decree stipulates that “pills will be handed out to couples between 18 and 40 in order to give them every possible chance to conceive and thus preserve the schools” in his and a neighbouring village under his charge.
Debouzy also said he was ready to hand out special one-off “bonuses” for any new babies born, as an incentive to procreation.
Falling birth rates are putting pressure on the local schools, he said.
“One or two of four classes could shut ... we want our children to stay in Montereau,” the mayor told France 3, the local TV channel.
He said that without more babies being born in the village children would have to travel to neighbouring areas for education.
Debouzy said the Viagra decree “came to me out of the blue” as a good way to “get people to talk about the school”.
He confessed, however, that there had been no mad rush as yet by local men for stocks of the performance-enhancing pills.
Indeed, not one had put in a request since the decree was issued last Thursday.
It was unclear whether he could legally hand them out since in France Viagra can only be obtained with a doctor’s prescription.
– © Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

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