Donald the Menace

The title for an episode of a series that will never see the light of day… because of pre-emptive competition. It is no longer Donald Trump who is a threat to 100,000 jobs in the French wine sector, but the planet-wide lockdown. French wine is, first and foremost, an export wine. Indeed, France is the top exporter for wine products in terms of value. Given that one of the principal “lockdown” measures is to close down places of public gathering, such as bars, cafés, and restaurants, you don’t need to be a great expert on economic issues to understand that a prolongation of these self-isolating measures all over the world is to be feared more than the fulminating of the current tenant of the White House; however the worst is perhaps yet to come from another, longer lasting, more worrying threat: that of climate change.

https://www.thelocal.fr/20200226/trumps-us-wine-tariffs-threaten-100000-jobs-in-french-countryside

https://fortune.com/2020/03/18/coronavirus-wine-industry-china-italy-wines/

http://www.rfi.fr/en/france/20190923-wine-france-climate-change-future-winegrowers-drought-heatwave

https://www.capital.fr/entreprises-marches/vin-de-bordeaux-la-crise-saggrave-fortement-manque-de-main-doeuvre-en-vue-1365594

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