France has suspended imports of Italian wine following protests by French growers.
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Background: France has suspended imports of Italian wine following protests by French growers. Prime Minister Pierre Mauroy ordered the three week ban on Friday (29 January). It was the second ban in six months. As the decision came, thousands of wine growers from the militant southern wine regions of Aude and Herault converged on the western Mediterranean city of Bezier to protest. They were addressed by the leader of the Herault Wine Growers Association. It was part of a tide of protest that included wrecking tanker trucks bringing wine from Italy, destroying railway lines and ruining an entire shipload of Italian wine last August in the nearby port of Sete. The French government's decision has been attacked by the EEC Commission's Agricultural Division, which said it broke EEC rules by obstructing free trade of Community produce.