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Wine Spectator reports that the French Senate "is considering a bill that would impose new restrictions on wine ... the proposed law—pushed for by the National Association for the Prevention of Alcoholism and Addiction (ANPAA)—is being touted as a public health measure. Sin taxes on wine would rise, and warning-label language would change, from 'the abuse of alcohol is dangerous for health' to 'alcohol is dangerous for your health.' Suddenly, even moderate drinking is dangerous."

The story notes that French winemakers are fighting back, though the bill seems to be making some progress through the legislative system.

The irony is that "the image of French wine has arguably never been stronger, especially in young markets like China," though "the French don't drink nearly as much as they used to. Part of this is healthy: For centuries, the average French farmworker drank a few liters a day because it was safer than the water. But lifestyles have changed in other ways; the French don't linger at long meals with a bottle or two like they used to, and young people don't see wine as a staple."

And, since wine is no longer seen as intrinsic to French life, it is being seen as "just another alcoholic beverage," which makes it more vulnerable to the kind of legislation that is now under consideration there.
KC's View:
The end of western civilization is at hand.

I can understand it when the French government tries to slow down the march of time by putting restrictions on online retailers; I don't agree with it, but I understand it. But when the French start to put restrictions on the wine business ... well, there's just something wrong with the universe.