Why can't the French be nicer to wine?


Yohan Castaing writes:

'Serve them good wine, they will make good laws', said Michel de Montaigne, one of the most popular philosophers in the world and former mayor of Bordeaux. This sentence should resonate in the corridors of the French Senate, at a time when a special committee proposes to raise taxes on alcohol, particularly on French wine.

The MECSS (Mission d'évaluation et de contrôle des lois de financement de la sécurité sociale, a body within the national assembly that evaluates and oversees the financing of social security) proposes to tax French wine up to 30-60 cents per bottle...