Q: Has France held negotiations regarding the law on the labelling of champagne with Russia? What conclusions were reached? Has France decided to refer this matter to the World Trade Organization?
A: Franck Riester, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, visited the Champagne region on July 9, together with Minister of Agriculture and Food Julien Denormandie, in order to assess the impact of the new Russian legislation and to express the government’s support for the sector. In close collaboration with industry professionals, we are making the necessary contacts with the Russian authorities and are taking action at the European level to protect our geographical indications and the interests of our producers.