FRENCH PAPERS, Tuesday, 14th December 2010: Anyone fancy some 19th century champagne at €100,000 per bottle? A case of centuries old champagne was found at the bottom of the Baltic Sea this summer and now some of those bottles are set to be sold for record amounts. Also, Brice Hortefeux is called into line by François Fillon and front page photos of a hostage-taking in a French nursey school that ended without any injuries.
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Libération leads with the intervention of Prime Minister François Fillon in the so-called “Bobigny police affair”. “Hortefeux’s blunder,” reads the front page headline. The Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux had spoken out in favour of seven police officers who had been convicted by a court in the Paris suburbs for falsifying evidence in the case of car crash involving a policeman. The evidence was falsified so as to clear the policeman of any responsibility for the crash.
In the presence of Brice Hortefeux who stood silently by his side, Fillon told the media, “Seven police officers were convicted for unjustifiable facts. The honour of the police requires exemplary behaviour.”
Libération’s editorial supports François Fillon’s admonishment of his Interior Minister, saying, “If an error of this nature (falsification of police reports) is not severely punished, mistrust of the police force becomes a general problem.”
Miraculously, much of the champagne has been perfectly preserved. Today one of the bottles is to be opened and tasted in great pomp in the city of Reims. The wine taster selected feels all his Christmases have come at once.
The paper also spoke to a champagne historian by the name of Fabienne who sneakily got to taste several of the bottles of vintage bubbly when they were being recorked recently. “Many of them were of an exceptional quality,” she commented. “I never experienced such a fireworks of aromas: flowers, lemons, sometimes mandarins…And most of all a lingering taste in your mouth that was just incredible.”
Some of the bottles will sell for up to €100,000 with the Finnish islands off which they were found reaping the benefits.
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