PARIS, April 25 (UPI) -- The French Parliament has voted to allow makers of alcoholic beverages flavored with the absinthe plant to once again label the beverage "absinthe."
The lawmakers voted last week to overturn a 1915 law banning production for sale of absinthe, which had already been partially repealed by a 1999 law legalizing the drink but banning producers from calling it absinthe, Radio France Internationale reported Monday.
About 15 distilleries in France currently sell a drink "flavored with the absinthe plant" and will now be able to use the traditional name. Officials said the change was made in response to recent Swiss efforts to obtain EU recognition of the drink as a regional product of Val-de-Travers. France claims the spiritual home of absinthe is instead the nearby French town of Pontarlier.