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Legal battle amid claims of conflicts of interest against top French winemakers

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Former prime minister and ex-mayor of Bordeaux Alain Juppé and one of the two winemakers in the case, Hubert de Boüard in, 2016. © AFP Former prime minister and ex-mayor of Bordeaux Alain Juppé and one of the two winemakers in the case, Hubert de Boüard in, 2016. © AFP

Two leading names in winemaking in the prestigious wine area of Saint-Émilion in the Bordeaux region of south-west France have been accused of an illegal conflict of interest. A judge sent Hubert de Boüard de Laforest and Philippe Castéja for trial over claims that they had helped set the rules over who could qualify as a top-ranking Saint-Émilion wine producer, rules from which they themselves benefited. However, in a new and unusual twist after many years of legal procedure, local prosecutors have appealed against the judge's decision to send the two influential men for trial. Mediapart's legal affairs correspondent Michel Deléan explains the background to the case.