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US boycott starts hurting French wines

"What we fear and what is already having direct effect is a boycott not of consumers but of distributors amidst very heavy competition," said Louis-Regis Affre of the French wine and spirt export federation.
US boycott starts hurting French wines

BORDEAUX, France, April 14 (AFP) - France has begun to feel the effect of a United States boycott of its wines in retaliation for opposition to the US-led war on Iraq, leading merchants said here Monday.

Nicolas Gailly, head of the company Barton et Guestier which claims to be the biggest French wine seller in the United States, admitted sales had gone down, saying American distributors were making less effort to market French products.

"It's not politically correct to promote French products generally and wine in particular," he said. But Gailly said he was not giving way to pessimisim. His company has annual sales of EUR 40 million (USD 43 million), 95 percent for export.

"What we fear and what is already having direct effect is a boycott not of consumers but of distributors amidst very heavy competition," said Louis-Regis Affre of the French wine and spirt export federation.

The businessmen were speaking at a general assembly of wine merchants of Bordeaux region - home of claret. Two other merchants, Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Ginestet, also admitted to what was described as a "delicate situation."

"Our information indicates a very clear drop in the number of French wine bottles appearing on store shelves," said Christian Delpeuch, head of Ginestet, which normally has sales of EUR 10 million in the US, or 10 percent of its total. "They aren't promoting French wines any more," he said: "The catering trade is avoiding them too."

There have been protests against France and boycotts of French products in the United States in recent weeks, with some ceremoniousy pouring French wines down street gutters.

Top US wine critic Robert Parker said in the March issue of Decanter magazine that he was surprised at the volume of anti-French rhetoric in the United States, and expressed fears over its effects on the wine business.

Parker said importers of French wine were complaining that US customs agents were harassing their shipments.

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Not Me! 15.Apr.2003 13:19

Jake the Snake

I'm not angry at the French. Why should I be?
They have a very long history of making critical errors, un-sound decisions, and of course, they always know they have the American government to bail them out when they really get into trouble.
So, they're mis-judgement over recent policies was certainly nothing new.
Besides..can you think of anything better than a bottle of smooth french wine chilling in ice as you lay in bed with a beautiful french woman?
Now, that's what I call great international relations.

Pakistanis Boycott Western Products 15.Apr.2003 13:48

bov

No Coke, No Pepsi: Pakistanis Boycott Western Products
by Ghafar Ali Khan

PESHAWAR - Protesting against the U.S-led attack on Iraq, wide sections of society in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP) have banned American multinationals Coke and Pepsi, amongst others, spawning a slew of new, local soft drinks.

Soon after the attack, Pakistan's ulemas (religious leaders) launched a campaign against foreign products, particularly beverages, appealing to the faithful in their Friday sermons, to stop using products made by American, British and Jewish-run companies.
 http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0415-02.htm