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.
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.