PARIS - The French government announced on Thursday that it will slash fines as part of a new policy on cannabis use but that it will not pursue decriminalisation of the drug. Cannabis use is on the rise in France, with around 700,000 people estimated to use the drug every day. “We are going to introduce simplified fines for this offence,” said Interior Minister Gerard Collomb. Collomb said further action against offenders would remain an option, adding: “Therefore there will be no decriminalisation for cannabis use.” The new fines are expected to be set at 150 to 200 euros ($180 to $250).