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Forget beer gut; France suffering from wine glut

If France suddenly declares war on Australia, here's why: "More than eight million liters of this season's production of Beaujolais wine is being turned into near-pure alcohol for use in disinfectants, cleaning products or fuel additives, as French vineyards face up to a massive overproduction crisis."

Reasons include a "chronic" wine glut, foreign competition and, most surprisingly (to me, at any rate), falling consumption in France.

"In 1960, the average Frenchman drank 3.1 bottles of wine per week. Today, the average intake is 1.4 bottles per week and falling, according to Michel Baldassini, who heads the main Burgundy wine growers' association."

Drinking less? Smoking less? What next? Eating less cheese and surrendering less? By the way, be sure to check out the comments on the bottom of that news story. Seems the "freedom fries" set is in a gloating mood.

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Friday, bloody Friday

Consumers continue to do us proud by pushing, punching and literally stomping over their fellow men to save 20 bucks on a Christmas gift. The Murketing blog has a retail mayhem roundup, including shopper-on-shopper beat downs, stampedes, attacks on store employees and general mob behavior. Holiday spirit indeed.
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