A brandy war is brewing between France and Hong Kong.
1. SV/CUs Bottles of French brandy in supermarket window on Hong Kong. (4 SHOTS) 0.16
2. CU Sign outside night club: "No French Cognac". 0.22
3. GV INT Watch assembly lino in Prosperity Watch Company, with girls at work. (3 SHOTS) 0.45
4. CU ZOOM OUT FROM Watches being polished and packed into boxes for export. (4 SHOTS) 1.07
5. CU Man sealing boxes before dispatch. (2 SHOTS) 1.17
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Background: HONG KONG
A brandy war is brewing between France and Hong Kong. The British Crown Colony is the world's largest consumer of French brandy - Cognac. It is also the world's leading producer of quartz watches. Hong Kong, which makes one third of the world's wrist watches, had been selling about seven million digital time pieces a year to France until the French government intervened. In October 1981, France decided to protect its own ailing watch production, and limit Hong Kong watch imports to 5.5 million between then and December 1982. The powerful Hong Kong watch Manufacturers' Association retaliated with an anti-French campaign. On the eve of the yearly Moon Festival in October, when brandy flows like water, Hong Kong streets are displaying a fresh crop of anti-French posters. Cognac is part of the popular ritual in traditional Chinese celebrations. Hong Kong imports more than 72 million dollars worth of brandy every year. The Watch Manufacturers' Association is also planning a boycott of other French products if there is no response from Paris.
Source: REUTERS - GARY LING