Do presidential candidates like wine?

16th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 15, 2007 (AFP) - As France gears up to choose a new president in April and May, one of the country's most reputable wine magazines looked at whether the leading candidates enjoyed a tipple.

PARIS, Feb 15, 2007 (AFP) - As France gears up to choose a new president in April and May, one of the country's most reputable wine magazines looked at whether the leading candidates enjoyed a tipple.

Some, such as environmentalist Dominique Voynet, "are real connoisseurs," said La Revue du Vin de France, but others "led by Nicolas Sarkozy, are only interested because they have to be."

Sarkozy, an energetic rightwinger currently the frontrunner in the race, turned out to be "the sole candidate for the presidency to avoid the unction of wine," the magazine said.

"He believes you cannot reconcile alcohol with frenetic activity," it said. And in a photo published by the magazine of a sherry tasting in Spain, Sarkozy is seen raising a glass dourly.

His Socialist rival Segolene Royal, the monthly said, while working as an advisor to late president Francois Mitterrand in the 1980s "learnt that eating and drinking were the two pillars of the French art de vivre."

"Segolene likes wine" and "is convinced that the left must reappropriate the vineyards, which are a symbol of the French identity."

But Green candidate Voynet was the only real wine-lover of the lot. "She can list dozens of good wines from the Jura region and not only organic ones," the magazine said.

As for centrist Francois Bayrou, "though he started late his first experience was a special one." Bayrou has told friends that his first big wine binge cured his stammer.

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