New French MPs shun wine
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.