The ex-wine lobbyist who handles viticulture issues as Élysée advisor

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As the wine sector itself acknowledges, it is an “historic” moment. After years of battling with the public authorities, makers and distributors of wine have at last found themselves recognised as a key voice when it comes to tackling alcohol abuse – something that kills up to 49,000 people a year in France. In the coming days the main wine sector lobby group Vin & Société, which represents more than 500,000 people in the industry, will publish a report on the subject written in conjunction with representatives of the beer and spirits sectors.