Is France Going To Ban Mentioning Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne And Cognac Online?

from the these-places-do-not-exist dept

You can understand why countries might have certain restrictions on alcohol advertising, but it would appear that France has gone a bit overboard. Based on existing laws (which pre-dated the internet) and recent court rulings, it's more or less illegal to mention alcohol brands online. That means if you're in France, you can't even visit the websites of certain wineries or beer companies, as they're afraid of getting targeted under the law. Heineken lost a lawsuit over this and had to block access to its website in France. A newspaper even got in trouble for (seriously) running an editorial about champagne. And sporting events with alcoholic sponsors are impossible. Logos of alcoholic brands are being removed from the uniforms of sports players, and even the rugby union's Heineken Cup is being referred to as the European Rugby trophy in France. The article notes that this ridiculous situation has some French comedians joking about how you won't be allowed to mention or visit such popular French regions as Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne and Cognac.
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  1. identicon
    Tabs, 22 Sep 2008 @ 9:59am

    Ridiculous (sp?)

    Rant....

    Now this is worse than i thought even the french were capable of. i thought the uks overregulation was going a bit far. maybe i'll start backing up the WEB now so future generations can oneday see what it once was before idiotic busybodies took over.

    As a frank question to all, How does someone decide
    "hey i don't like what your doing (Near the children possibly) buddy, therefore i'm going to go out of my way to stop you doing it, and even go so far as to make it law that you can't do it"

    How do they have the moral code (Wankers) that makes them believe that they have the right to enforce their views on others.

    How is it possible that one human believes himself/herself able to make these decisions for the masses.

    I know its all for "The Greater good" but come the fuck on!

    Just because a number of drunks commit crime doesn't mean that you need to criminalise alcohol advertising, it just means that you need to think about how you police your society. remember that word........ society!!!


    Raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah,

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