For some time now in France as in the rest of the world we are all convinced that drinking a glass of red wine during meals does not hurt, indeed it helps the heart circulation up to be one of the secrets of the relative fitness of the French, less obese and overweight Americans and many Europeans.
Instead, according to the French health minister, supported by many doctors with her, she said in the previous days that wine, like all alcohol, hurts. Mrs. Buzyn wanted to remember it on the France 2 public service network, telling live TV what she has been saying for years: "The wine industry today wants to make believe that wine is different from other spirits. But in terms of public health, drinking wine, beer, vodka or whiskey is exactly the same thing, there is no difference. " And again: "We have been left to think of the French population that the wine has protective effects on health, which would bring benefits of which the other alcohol is lacking. Well, it's false. "
We can imagine the storm that has sparked by producers of famous French wines all over the world. Wine and spirits are the second largest contributor to French exports, behind the Airbus and Rafale aeronautics industry and in front of the perfumes. The wine supply chain employs 560 thousand people, represented at the Agriculture Fair by angry producers.
President Macron intervened to calm the waters. "I think a lot about Pompidou's formula," Do not break the French boxes! ", He said tearfully to his usual forbidden talk. «I drink wine for lunch and dinner!», He swore (other than Sarkozy), promising that «as long as I will be president, the Evin law (which regulates the advertising of alcohol, ed) will not be touched». But the minister, and the doctors, do not want to be silent.
What to say? Wine
In France a bottle is uncorked in 85% of the houses and Champagne, Bordeaux and Bourgogne are the trinity of soft powerfrancese in the world. Even the mediocre Beaujolais is beloved by the Japanese, the dream of the new rich Chinese is to buy a vineyard in Burgundy and since 2014 wine is recognized and protected by law as "part of the cultural heritage, gastronomic and landscape".