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Gavin McFarlane of Temple Chambers Cardiff brings us up-to-date on the latest Duty and Customs news
 
Prepare to think the unthinkable! The public finances in France are in such a poor condition that the government in Paris is reported to be considering an increase in its taxes on wines and other alcoholic drinks. Not that the charge — which if introduced would be by way of a form of excise duty — would be at anything like the levels to which wine bibbers are accustomed in the United Kingdom. Monsieur Raffarin's administration is considering a rate of around three pence on each bottle. But this modest charge has provoked howls of outrage from the domestic wine making industry in France.
 
The production of wine is something with which the...

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