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We have publicised before here attempts by Italian communities to block ethnic food with protectionist measures. Another has now joined the list. Forte dei Marmi - near Lucca the Italian pioneer in food protectionism - is a genteel seaside resort on the Tuscan coast, one of the preferred destinations for Italian rock stars, TV personalities and the very wealthy. The town has, in the words of the Sydney Herald, 'banned the opening of kebab shops, Chinese takeaways, Indian restaurants and other sellers of ''ethnic food''...  The town's council, which passed the decree unanimously last week, said the ban also applied to more familiar ''foreign'' establishments such as burger bars and English-style pubs.' The ban does not apply to outlets that are already open. SY

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