FRANCE: CIVB president quits
Christian Delpeuch, president of the Bordeaux wine board, has resigned today (30 May) citing the failure of the French government, as well as the region's growers and sellers, to properly address the wine crisis in Bordeaux.
"I refuse to countenance this continual putting off of decisions which can only end in failure," Delpeuch said after quitting his post at the Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux.
"Enough is enough," Delpeuch said referring to his last two years as president. "For me this is finished."
Delpeuch cited as one example the failure of France's Finance Ministry, despite repeated requests, to guarantee the EUR60m (US$77.2m) loan necessary to help finance the programme of arrachage, or pulling up of vines. First instalments for this are due to be paid next month.
Asked if he would reconsider his decision if the Finance Ministry came up with the guarantee next week he said: "No."
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