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The wine regions of France were hit hard by frost, wet weather and disease earlier this year. The French agriculture ministry on Friday warned that wine production is expected to drop 24-30% in 2021.
Some of France’s most important wine regions, such as Burgundy and the Rhone Valley, suffered from frosts at the end of April which cut production.
Wines from early grapes, such as Chardonnay, have been the most affected, although the impact is expected across the industry.
Speaking to Le Figaro, a French newspaper, French Environment Minister Julien Denormandie said the country was facing “the worst agronomic disaster of the turn of the century”.
The newspaper reports that the wet and cool weather in June contributed to the spread of diseases targeting the grapevine, such as downy mildew and powdery mildew.
French wine production could drop 24-30% this year
French wine regions were hit by April frosts
There are also fears that production in many Mediterranean regions could be affected if the current surface drought continues.
Like many European countries, France has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, its economy shrinking by more than 8.0% in 2020.
Closures and travel restrictions have been disastrous for the lucrative French tourism industry, with France being one of the most visited countries in the world.
The deployment of the coronavirus vaccine in France was initially slow, hit by supply failures at the EU level, but has since improved.
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France could be faced with “the worst agronomic disaster of the beginning of the century”
From Monday, a health pass, justifying a vaccination or recovery from the coronavirus, will be required to enter many public spaces across France.
These will be needed for restaurants, cafes, trains and many shopping malls.
There have been demonstrations of anger in a number of major French cities against the government’s plans.
France could also face a heavy blow as some Brexit supporters seek to boycott EU products.
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Some Brexiteers agree to boycott French products
Many Brexiteers are furious at the EU’s treatment of Northern Ireland, which remains committed to the European single market.
This resulted in border checks between Northern Ireland and other parts of the UK, infuriating trade unionists.
A poll of Express.co.uk readers found that 96% of them intended to boycott EU products in protest at the bloc’s treatment of Britain, with only 4% opposition.
Less than one percent (54 people) opted for “don’t know”.
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The survey polled 11,653 readers from 10 a.m. on Monday, June 7 to 7 a.m. on Tuesday, June 8.
Readers have explained why they plan to boycott the EU in the comments.
One of them wrote: “I haven’t bought any products from the EU since they showed their true colors and tried to belittle, damage and ruin the UK !!
“I’m sick of hearing the words you want and we want !!
“So why would I want to vacation in the EU when they openly don’t like the UK, they only like what’s in our pockets !!”
Many Brexiteers are furious at Northern Ireland protocol
Another added: “I think it is probably already too late for the EU.
“This boycott of EU products is something that supermarkets etc. will have to adjust their purchases to.
“I know they have lost my ‘job’ forever.”
According to Facts4EU.Org, UK consumers bought £ 28 billion less from the EU last year than in 2016.
The website claimed this loss of trade was not a ‘Covid effect’ or due to new border controls.
In a statement, he added: “As the EU’s largest economy, it’s no surprise that Germany has lost the most in terms of financial totals.
“If an EU country sells more, it loses more if there is a tendency to move away from purchases by EU countries.
“Actual totals in pounds may therefore mask the impact on individual countries.”