The French wine industry as a whole is suffering from massive over-production and foreign competition, leading to violent threats from CRAV (Comité Régional d'Action Viticole or regional winegrowers' action committee) a month ago delivered via a video tape sent anonymously to French TV, threatening violent action if new President Nicolas Sarkozy did not take measures to help economically desperate wine growers in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. Authorities are taking the threat seriously. The group has "killed people in the past" and several supermarkets selling foreign wines have been attacked with small explosive devices. More coverage at the BBC including the original video threat.
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