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World’s biggest wine brand created in France

In the sun-drenched south of France, the world’s largest vineyard has launched a new, simplified brand called “Pays d’Oc”, creating the number one French wine export to compete against New World brands. Languedoc-Roussillon covers 35 percent (or 260,200 hectares) of all French vineyards, making it the biggest producer worldwide. As of the 2009 vintage, soon [...]

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France vaunts ’40 virtues’ of Armagnac

Armagnac, is celebrating its 700th birthday with a new marketing push vaunting its “40 virtues” as a drink that is good for the body and good for the soul.

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Chinese tourists splurge on French tax-free luxury

Chinese tourists to France increased their spending massively on tax-free luxury goods last year despite the economic crisis, overtaking cash-strapped Russians. The Chinese bought tax-free goods worth 158 million euros (222.5 million dollars) in France in 2009. That was an increase of 47 percent from the level the previous year, according to Global Refund, a [...]

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France tops international ranking as best place to live

France is the best place in the world to live, according to a survey released January 5, topping the list for the fifth year in a row. International Living magazine’s 30th Quality of Life Index surveyed almost 200 countries across nine categories, including cost of living, environment, safety and risk and culture and leisure. France [...]

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Christian Lacroix to end clothes designing

Luxury brand Christian Lacroix is to cut most of its staff and close its main clothing design business after a court approved a restructuring plan. The French fashion house will shed 100 staff, leaving just 11 employees to manage its accessories and perfumes. The fashion label has never made a profit and earlier this year [...]

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Haute Chocolate

This week, more than 400 exhibitors are in Paris, France for the 2009 Paris Chocolate Festival. The theme this year is opera. The event kicked off last night with a chocolate fashion show where dresses are created by a combination of top fashion designers and chocolatiers. Walking the runway wearing the chocolate fashions were models, [...]

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