Migrant crossings: France 'making excuses' says Admiral
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Wine producing regions in France were badly hit by frost, wet weather and disease earlier in the year. On Friday, the French ministry of agriculture warned wine production is expected to fall by 24-30 percent in 2021.
Some of France’s most important vine-growing regions, such as Burgundy and the Rhone Valley, suffered due to late April frosts which slashed production.
Early grape wines, such as Chardonnay, were worst affected though the impact is expected throughout the industry.
Speaking to Le Figaro, a French newspaper, French environment minister Julien Denormandie said the country faces “the worst agronomic disaster of the beginning of the century”.
The paper reports wet and cool weather in June helped spread vine targeting diseases, such as downy mildew and powdery mildew.
There are also fears production in many Mediterranean areas will be hit if the ongoing surface drought continues.
Like many European countries, France has been badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with its economy shrinking by more than 8.0 percent in 2020.
Lockdowns and travel restrictions were disastrous for the lucrative French tourism industry, with France being one of the most visited countries in the world.
France’s coronavirus vaccine rollout was initially sluggish, hit by procurement failures at an EU level, but has since improved.
From Monday a health pass, showing proof of vaccination or recovery from coronavirus, will be required to enter many public spaces across France.
These will be needed for restaurants, cafes, trains and many shopping malls.
There have been angry protests in a number of major French cities against the government’s plans.
France could also face a hit as some Brexit supporters seek to boycott EU produce.
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Many Brexiteers are furious about the EU’s treatment of Northern Ireland, which remains attached to the European single market.
This has resulted in border checks between Northern Ireland and other parts of the UK, infuriating unionists.
A poll of Express.co.uk readers found 96 percent plan to boycott EU goods to protest the bloc’s treatment of Britain, with just four percent opposed.
Less than one percent (54 people) opted for “don’t know”.
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The poll quizzed 11,653 readers from 10am Monday, June 7 to 7am on Tuesday, June 8.
Readers explained why they plan to boycott the EU in the comments.
One wrote: “I have not bought EU goods since they showed their true colours and have tried to belittle, damage and ruin the UK!!
“I am sick of hearing the words you will and we want!!
“Also why would I want to holiday in the EU, when they openly dislike the UK, they only like what’s in our pockets!!”
Another added: “I think it’s probably too late for the EU already.
“This boycotting of EU goods is a people driven thing which supermarkets etc will have to adapt their purchasing to.
“I know they have lost my ‘trade’ forever.”
According to Facts4EU.Org British consumers bought £28billion less from the EU last year than in 2016.
The website claimed this loss of trade was not a “Covid effect” or because of new border controls.
In a statement it added: “As the EU’s largest economy, it is not surprising that Germany has lost most in terms of financial totals.
“If an EU country sells more, it loses more if there is a trend away from buying from EU countries.
“The actual totals in pounds can therefore disguise the impact on individual countries.”
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