An interesting, if worrying article by Elin McCoy at Bloomberg, casts a pessimistic view of the French authorities’ approach to wine and alcohol:-
In January, the Paris County Court ruled that the French Web site of giant Dutch beer producer Heineken NV was illegal because it contained advertising. Cautious wine and spirit companies now refuse
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France always seems to be a little schizophrenic about new technology – rather backward and bureaucratic in some areas, yet at the cutting edge in others. France invented and rolled out Minitel nationally many years ago which was a pre-cursor to the web and an impressive technology, but sadly overtaken by the personal computer and
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If you happen to be in France in September/early October then you are in luck – most of the big supermarkets hold their annual Foire à Vins (Wine Fair) offering wines at heavy discounts from top Bordeaux chateau through to good local appellations. It is a tradition in France that domaines, chateaux and negociants offload
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Our love-hate relationship with France often ensures that we Brits enjoy the distress of the French when things do not go well. Admit it – a significant element of the national elation at winning the Olympics for 2012 was that we beat Paris to it!! Our trouble is that in many ways we are so
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As French Duck, we tend to pick up on things which are duck-connected, and whilst this is in no way relevant to our main focus on France, French Wine, French Food, travel, events etc, we were surprised to discover that the old-fashioned yellow plastic bath duck has now been superseded by a range of funky
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The 2007 Tour de France cycle race starts with the Prologue and “Le Grand Départ” in Central London before heafing to Kent on Sunday and France on Monday – more info
The first stage proper heads out from London into deepest Kent finishing in Canterbury. Overnight the whole Tour crosses the Channel to Dunkerque for Stage 2
DeptNo DeptName Region 01 Ain Rhone-Alpes 02 Aisne Picardie 03 Allier Auvergne 04 Alpes de Haute Provence Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) 05 Hautes Alpes Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) 06 Alpes Maritimes Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) 07 Ardèche Rhone-Alpes 08 Ardennes Champagne-Ardenne 09 Ariège Midi-Pyrenees 10 Aube Champagne-Ardenne 11 Aude Languedoc-Rousillon 12 Aveyron Midi-Pyrenees 13 Bouches du Rhône
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