Francois Hollande

Francois Hollande is a French politician and the current president of France. Hollande was elected as President of France on 6 May 2012, defeating Nicolas Sarkozy.

Unlike his teetotalling predecessor, Hollande has gone on record in support of the French wine industry, saying, ‘like many Frenchman, I am seduced by the excellence of the wine our country produces. I enjoy wine tasting with friends and family… and I often open a good bottle to celebrate big events.'

During the election campaign, Hollande accused Sarkozy of 'betraying the wine industry', and 'supporting the abandonment of laws governing plantation rights' – something which he said was essential for allowing winemakers to make a living from their production.

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French wine 'should be protected' by French law

21st December 2012

The French wine industry wants wine to be given heritage status and protected under law.

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French vignerons ask government for insurance against bad harvests

25th September 2012

Independent winegrowers across France are calling on the government to underwrite an insurance scheme to protect them from the effects of bad harvests or currency fluctuations.

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Will Francois Hollande be good for the wine industry?

8th May 2012

The signs are that France's new President, Francois Hollande, will support the wine industry more than his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy did, although his stated dislike of the rich may be causing...

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