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
    dorpus, 22 Sep 2008 @ 1:28pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: A model for Europe

    >So? If I specified Eastern US, leaving out much of the Midwestern and Southern US, would that make any statement more valid about the US?

    The Eastern US has the Amish, an ultraorthodox sect of Christianity that was banned in Europe.

    >Besides, you still have to actually back up your claims if you want to be taken notice of. More Wiccans practice religion in Western Europe than Christians? Please.

    How many Western Europeans decide they want to become Wiccans, as opposed to Western Europeans who decide they want to become devout Christians? Are there Western European youths who treat Christianity like it is a cool new thing?

    >The Daily Mail is a notoriously right-wing, scaremongering British paper that never misses a chance to print a scaremongering story, especially on the subjects of crime and immigration.

    So it is a European newspaper. How does this prove that Britain is somehow devoutly Christian?

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