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France wine producers guilty of fraud in US

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A dozen French winemakers and traders have been found guilty of a massive scam to sell 18 million bottles of fake Pinot Noir to a leading US buyer.

The judge in Carcassonne, south-west France, said the producers and traders had severely damaged the reputation of the Languedoc region.

The 12 more than doubled profits passing off the wine to E and J Gallo under its Red Bicyclette brand.

In a statement on its website it said it was “deeply disappointed” to learn its supplier, Sieur d’Arques, had been found guilty of selling falsely labeled French Pinot Noir.

The court ruled the 12 had deliberately and repeatedly mislabeled the wine as one of the more expensive varieties of grape in order to get a better price from E and J Gallo.

The Red Bicyclette Pinot Noir single grape wine is hugely popular in the United States.

French Customs Officers spotted the swindle and called in investigators. They found the amount of Pinot Noir being sold to Gallo was far more than the region produced. Some of those in the scandal were not even Pinot Noir producers.

The judge handed out suspended jail sentences ranging from one month to six months for the most prominent wine trader and ordered all the defendants to pay fines.

The fines ranged from 1,500 euros ($2,050; £1,300) to the top figure of 180,000 euros ($247,050; £156,500) for Sieur d’Arques. The judge said that the accused together made seven million euros in profits from the scam.

The judge said: “The scale of the fraud caused severe damage for the wines of the Languedoc for which the United States is an important outlet.”

A lawyer for Sieur d’Arques, Jean-Marie Bourland, told Agence France-Presse: “There is no prejudice. Not a single American consumer complained.”

A lawyer for three other defendants argued his clients had delivered a wine that had Pinot Noir characteristics.

E and J Gallo said it was no longer selling any of the wine to its customers.

Not a bad scam – You double your profits and when caught get a slap on the wrist. Just a wild guess, but I’d say the odds are extremely good that false labeling continues.

I especially like the part where the lawyer said, “Not a single American consumer complained.”

French humor no doubt.

The US course of action and a just punishment for such a grand scheme is to no longer buy French wine.

That would be American humor.


Written by Lord Crimson

February 21, 2010 at 11:37 am

Posted in Europe, Food, France, Humor, Life

Nicolas Sarkozy Slays the Invasive Burqa

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Try as you may it is difficult to find a more invasive creature than the walking black curtain known as the burqa. Even the most casual observer can see that when removed from its native habitat this bizarre beast has great difficulty blending into a new environment.

After a detailed study of this creature, we discover it demands much and is prone to a stubborn defiance of all things foreign. It is predatory in nature and assimilating into any new environment is not its goal. Instead, it tends to move into a new land and live off the welfare and social benefits of the local inhabitants. This proves to be a very clever and effective tactic as it makes the host an accomplice in its own demise.

It’s aggressive nature provokes fear, which tends to provide the time it requires to multiply in great numbers. Around the time of critical mass it assumes ownership by casting out or massacring all who do not become as the burqa.

France Begins the Fight.

President Nicolas Sarkozy declared that the Islamic burqa is not welcome in France, branding the face-covering, body-length gown as a symbol of subservience that suppresses women’s identities and turns them into “prisoners behind a screen.”

The burka has already managed to infiltrate France so this is a good first step in defending the land not yet secured.

In a high-profile speech to lawmakers in the historic chateau at Versailles, Sarkozy said the head-to-toe Muslim body coverings were in disaccord with French values — some of the strongest language against burqas from a European leader at a time when some Western officials have been seeking to ease tensions with the Muslim world…

“The burqa is not a religious sign, it’s a sign of subservience, a sign of debasement — I want to say it solemnly,” he said. “It will not be welcome on the territory of the French Republic.”

The good news is that Sarkozy is making a stand against the evil burqa. It is a treacherous beast and it’s goal is one of pure theft. The best defense against this loathsome creature is to export it as quickly as it invades. This is a vital action if your natural habitat or culture is to remain unblemished.

Written by Lord Crimson

June 23, 2009 at 9:49 am

The French Sacrifice Cars for New Years

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2008 has arrived with it’s usual fanfare and once again the world watches with amazement at how the French choose to conduct their New Year’s celebration. For some reason the automobile has become a part of the festivities and now tops the list as the most endangered species in France.

It’s no secret that cars burn quite regularly in France, but this year the police are baffled at the relative calm claiming that only 372 cars were hunted down and killed. It’s amazing what you can get use to over time. To the casual observer, it’s viewed as a strange ritual and one must wonder what offense the automobile has perpetrated to warrant such treatment.

This year, the French police were said to have stepped up their presence in anticipation of the year-end celebrations and the sale of petrol in cans was banned in some places. Oops… I guess someone planned ahead.

As the flames danced into the night you would think it was the middle east. Granted, France is not the middle east, but it’s becoming much more difficult to distinguish the difference. How frustrating it must be to pay appeasement money to Islamic invaders and they don’t stay appeased? I would say that there’s a lesson to be had from this, and if learned and acted upon, the 372 will not have died in vain.

Bonne Chance Mes Amis!

Written by Lord Crimson

January 3, 2008 at 5:10 pm