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The hidden poverty in one of France's most prestigious wine regions

The medieval village of Saint-Émilion, one of the most prestigious wine areas in France. The medieval village of Saint-Émilion, one of the most prestigious wine areas in France.

French journalist and author Ixchel Delaporte spent a year investigating the wine industry in the Médoc region near Bordeaux in south-west France. It produces some of the most prestigious – and expensive – wines not just in France but anywhere in the world. Yet the journalist's book on her experiences and discoveries reveals a deep chasm between the impoverished local workers, many of them seasonal and occasional staff, and often suffering from poor health and living in substandard accommodation, and the glittering world of the small but powerful elite who control the major vineyards. Mediapart's Joseph Confavreux reports.

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