French Winemakers Turn to Terror

Wine growers battling cheap imports launch commando attacks
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2008 7:30 AM CDT
Wine tanks filled with 13000 hectoliters of imported Chilian wine are emptied by vineyard owners May 25, 2005 in Prades le Lez, near Montpelier, France   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Tough times have turned some wine-growers in southwestern France to "wine terrorism," Time reports. Guerrilla grape-growers have bombed supermarkets and government buildings, hijacked trucks carrying foreign wine, and drained tanks. The growers want the French government to protect them from the cheap imports they say are threatening their survival.

The price French wine-growers get for their crop has plummeted in recent years as less-expensive vino flows in from around the globe. The wine commandos say violent action is the only way to get the government to take their concerns seriously. A video message from the group to Nicolas Sarkozy warned "blood will flow" if the growers don't receive help.