France, Russia in talks on ending champagne labeling law – .

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France, Russia in talks on ending champagne labeling law – .


The French government said on Thursday it was in talks with Moscow over the suspension of a contested law banning French champagne producers from labeling their sparkling “champagne” on bottles sold in Russia.

France, the homeland of champagne, jealously guards its AOC, or Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée, which gives its producers the exclusivity of the appellation in many countries.

But Russia does not recognize the appellation, and in July President Vladimir Putin signed a law banning the use of the Russian translation of champagne – “Shampanskoe” – on imported bottles.

French producers can still use the word in French, but only Russian sparkling wine producers can use the term in Cyrillic – a move that has sparked outrage in the Champagne region of France.

Trade Minister Franck Riester said Thursday on France 2 that Paris had been in talks with Moscow “for several weeks” to suspend the application of the law.

Describing the exchanges as “positive” and “constructive”, he declared: “I hope that we will have in the hour or the weeks to come some good news concerning a moratorium on this law which does not conform to the law. law in terms of geographical location ”.

France had complained that the law was hurting its exports of champagne and had requested its suspension for at least a year.

Russia is the 15th largest export market for French champagne, with 1.8 million bottles sold in the country in 2019.

Russia’s agriculture ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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