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Latest update : 2011-01-10

This week: Mexico's drug war blogs, Saint Petersburg's killer icicles and China's fake French wines

Our first Observer this week is in Mexico, where she blogs about the drug war violence journalists no longer dare cover. Our second Observer tells us of an unexpected winter danger in Saint Petersburg: giant falling icicles. And our last Observer tells us why the Chinese love fake French wine.

Presentation: Derek Thomson. Editorial Team: Julien Pain, Lorena Galliot, Segolène Malterre, Sarra Grira, Peggy Bruguière.
 
STORY 1 : MEXICO
 
We begin today with the drug wars in Mexico. The cartels target anyone in Mexican society who stands up to them... including journalists. The violence is so bad that one newspaper known for its tough coverage of the gangs - has simply given up. After one of its photographers was killed, the paper ran an editorial asking the cartels - what do you want us to do? we don't want to keep dying for our job. Fortunately... bloggers are stepping in, to keep up the pressure.
 
Observer : Coraje Civil - Civic Courage (pseudonym)
 
STORY 2 : RUSSIA
 
Now to St Petersburg, Russia, the northernmost big city in the world. Winter is just getting started there... and winter is looong... there's snow and ice on the ground for four long months. And worse - it builds up on the roofs too.
 
Observer : Natalya Khatzayuk.
 
STORY 3 : CHINA
 
Next up China… and its growing thirst for good Bordeaux and Burgundies. French wine exports to China doubled last year... and French winemakers are looking greedily at China's 1,3 billion potential customers. But there's a problem... most of them are drinking Chinese wine for now...
 
Observer : Nicolas Carre.

 

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