THE French love for a glass of wine has been slowly declining and this has been causing real difficulties within the industry.
In 2004 wine sales in supermarkets dropped by three per cent when compared to the previous year, and exports fell over the same period.
One of the largest wine trade fairs has taken place in the south of France over the last few days with producers calling for government support.
But others have turned to violence with banks and tax offices targeted, as well as lorries carrying foreign wines.
The trade journal Food Production Daily takes a long look at the situation in France noting that the EU intends to look at the situation across the whole of Europe.
But for now many wine producers are set to struggle if they do not improve the quality of their produce, or look to market themselves more effectively.
The world market for wine is expected to grow, but France is likely to slip from being the largest consumer, meaning French producers are set to face competition both at home and abroad.
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