I have just been reading an article in the French press about a planned move to raise the drinking age from 16 to 18 years. This and other moves to restrict alcohol marketing is causing a minor uproar within the industry especially on the back of the recently introduced smoking ban.
Sixteen year-olds in France are allowed to purchase wine and beer but not spirits.. although the latter rule is said to be poorly enforced.
Over the last 40 years wine drinking in France has fallen from an average of 100 litres to 56 litres per person per year. The french still have the highest per capita rate of wine consumption in the world but may they may soon be overtaken by the United States. The french wine industry accounts for 17 percent of agricultural output and employs 250,000 people.
It is nice to know that Ange and I have been doing our bit to support the french economy.