A law took effect in France on January 1, 2016, that requires restaurants to provide take-away boxes to diners who request them. The law reportedly targets the country’s rising food waste problem, but may have little impact—one government-commissioned report concluded that “the obstacle is mostly cultural” because “the majority of diners don’t dare to ask for the leftovers of their meal, while the restaurateurs see it as a ‘degradation’ of their dishes.” The French do not have a term for a take-away box; many reportedly call it “le doggy bag,” but a hotel and restaurant industry union is attempting to replace the term with “le gourmet bag.” See France 24, January 4, 2016.