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France must step up support for hard-hit wine sector -…

PARIS, Aug 5 – French Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Wednesday France must intensify its support for winemakers hard hit by a slump in demand because of restaurant and bar closures due to the coronavirus pandemic and lower exports because of U.S. tariffs.

“The international situation, the health crisis, a drop in exports: our wine sector faces major difficulties. State support must continue and intensify,” Castex said on Twitter.

Castex is on a visit of the Menetou-Salon and Sancerre wineyards in the Cher department in centre-Val de Loire region.

(Reporting by Dominique Vidalon, editing by Louise Heavens)

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