New French MPs shun wine

Waikato Times - - World -

The novice MPs who en­tered France’s par­lia­ment after Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron’s elec­tion vic­tory pledged to rev­o­lu­tionise French pol­i­tics. In one way, they have - they drink only half the amount of wine their pre­de­ces­sors swilled. Of­fi­cials say MPs belonging to Macron’s La Republique en Marche party pre­fer soft drinks. The change has forced the National Assem­bly to can­cel an or­der for 5100 bot­tles of claret, sav­ing about €77,000 (NZ$129,000). Some of the new­com­ers drink beer in­stead of wine, al­though most ap­pear to pre­fer non-al­co­holic drinks, and the National Assem­bly’s bar is strug­gling to keep up with the rise in de­mand for soft drinks.

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